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St Kitts launches Region’s First Solar Energy Farm


Six months after breaking ground at the RL Bradshaw International Airport, the government and Taiwanese mission turned the switch on the region’s first solar energy farm.


The 1.3 megawatt solar energy farm, designed and constructed by St. Kitts-based Taiwanese company Speedtech, will provide energy to the St. Christopher Air and Sea Port Authority facilities. The project is a partnership between the governments of St. Kitts and Nevis and of the Republic of China (Taiwan).


Resident Ambassador His Excellency Miguel Tsao spoke at the opening ceremony Wednesday (Sept 18) and said he was delighted to witness the completion of the project on the eve of the Federation celebrating its 30thanniversary of Independence.


“This is a timely gift from the Republic of China (Taiwan) for celebrating S. Kitts-Nevis’ Independence Day. This is a new pattern of cooperation between our two countries because we share knowledge, investment, hard work and now we enjoy together the tangible outcome of the completion,” he said.


The Ambassador said the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) had spared no effort in working closely with the local government to develop renewable energy during the past two years from solar powered street lights to the solar farm.


HE Tsao informed that there were about 3500 panels at the solar farm which had a 25-year warranty with Speedtech. The solar farm, he said, could start turning a profit in just about 5 years.


Minister of International Transport Hon. Richard Skerritt thanked everyone involved in bringing the project to fruition. He said the project was designed and constructed making use of state-of-art solar energy technology.


The Minister described the opening as an historic occasion signaling the launch of the first ever publicly ownedsolar energy farm in the region. Excess energy not consumed by SCASPA will be fed into the public grid operated by SKELEC.


“The culmination of this solar energy project means that for the first time our public electricity grid would be supplied from a renewable energy source,” he said, adding that the opening coincides with SCASPA’s celebrating 20 years since becoming a public corporation.


Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas said the opening signaled St. Kitts-Nevis completing yet another stage in its determined march toward a green energy economy. He said at the project’s groundbreaking he stressed to the nation the importance of every sector of the economy and society making a most determined shift away from fossil fuels and towards a cleaner, cheaper and immensely superior source of renewable energy.


“Our government has gone beyond mere platitudes where this is concerned and we have done so by providing duty-free access to renewable energy products, by shifting our own energy sources on structures such as Government Headquarters, our own ICT Centre and at the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm, by ensuring thatsolar power lights our way along the Kim Collins Highway and Frigate Bay Road, the Sandy Point and St. Pauls segment of the island’s main road.


“We have continued to commit ourselves to placing solar panels on affordable housing,” he expounded.


He said over the past six months with the support of the country’s steadfast ally of thirty years, his administration had dedicated itself to the solar energy farm project as a means of demonstrating to the nation both the importance and feasibility of green energy in St. Kitts-Nevis.


“With the high cost of electricity worldwide and the strategic importance of air and sea ports the world over it is essential that St. Kitts and Nevis not only has a reliable source of electricity for its air and sea ports but that we be able to access the energy for these facilities in a cost-effective manageable manner.”


Speedtech Manager Lucas Chiu gave an overview of how the farm would function and how much energy would be generated on an average day with at least 6 hours of sunshine.


After unveiling a commemorative plaque, the officials turned on the power generation switch which was followed by a tour of the project.



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