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CALL TO LOOK AT SOLAR ENERGY FOR TOBAGO

Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) representative for Canaan/Bon Accord, Rolly Quaccoo, has called for new technologies for electrical power to be established in the sister isle. He made the appeal in light of several power outages in Southwest Tobago. Quaccoo raised the issue while speaking at the bi-monthly Minority Leaders news conference on Tuesday. Quaccoo said Tobago had an abundance of natural resources which could afford Tobago a cleaner and more reliable form of electrical power. He said: “In Tobago we should consider solar and wind energy to provide us with electricity because we have an abundance of God-given raw materials.” Quaccoo said prior to the installation of the new generating system at the Cove Industrial Estate in Tobago, Tobagonians were told that the power outages would cease. However, he said, the problem still persisted, since he recently received several reports from his constituents about damaged appliances. Quaccoo has appealed to authorities to provide subsidies to assist his constituents. He said: “They should provide each person with a voltage surge system or the Government should subsidise it, knowing that the power failures and the outages would be such that it can create certain kinds of problems.” He said Tobago’s new power plant was inaugurated on October 23, 2009. The power plant was a US$100 million investment located in the Cove Eco-Industrial and Business Park in Lowlands, Tobago. The capacity of the new power plant is 64 megawatts, which, according to the experts, was significantly more than Tobago’s current peak demand of 42 megawatts. In addition to the 21 megawatts already supplied by the current Scarborough plant, the Cove facility is able to cater for Tobago’s own energy needs as well as export the excess to Trinidad.


Cassandra Thompson- Forbes



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