Roatan Electric Company (RECO)

Roatan is unique in that it is among the poorest of the Caribbean islands. Also, Roatan has an energy problem. The power grid on Roatan is fueled by diesel turbines, which is expensive. This has two large implications: 

  1. Electricity is expensive on Roatan, and that usually means, hotels and rental homes pass along these cost to their tenants. Be sure to ask about any electric accessorial before your arrival or before moving in.
  2. About the power grid in Roatan. The island is too small and doesn't have the density in its population to justify or make a power grid upgrade a reality. The investment simply cannot be justified. This leaves Roatan with an energy grid which is controlled by a very small group. This is a major reason why larger hotels chains have not, and likely will not, establish themselves in Roatan. That said, advancements in Solar technology have started to change this narrative. 

Central cooling is all but nonexistent on the island. What is more common are ceiling fans and or window A/C units. And they are not to be left on while you're not in the room. It is expected that A/C units be left off while a guest is away from their rooms. Most guests use their A/C only at night, to ensure a good nights sleep. 

Power Alternatives

Many homes have started to adopt solar panels to power their homes. These, of course, have their set of limitations, but they go a long way in reducing the dependency of the local power grid. Local energy setups, which run on solar panels or small wind turbines are becoming more and more popular. But these systems usually only power a few outlets and small appliances. They usually don't power A/C's, not even window units. 

Types of Electrical Sockets in Roatan, Honduras

Power sockets in Honduras are the same as they are in the United States. Hondurans use power sockets A & B, with standard voltage of 110 Volts and the standard in frequency is usually 60 Hz. 

Fun Fact: On average, RECO uses 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel daily.