St. Kitts – Nevis Looks To Partner With India On Renewable Energy

Wind Farm at Maddens Estate, Nevis

Wind Farm at Maddens Estate, Nevis

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
April 10, 2012 (CUOPM)

St. Kitts and Nevis‘ Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas completed a four day working visit and familiarisation tour of India with a breakfast meeting on renewable sources of energy on Saturday.

In opening the meeting with representatives of the renewable energy business community, the St. Kitts and Nevis leader emphasized that “energy consumption from fossil fuel is unsustainable especially in a small developing country that has an abundance of sun and wind throughout the year and great potential in geothermal.”

“Generating electricity from fossil fuel is far too costly for both domestic and commercial consumers and the government is therefore tasked to find credible and urgent solutions,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

He also said the Federation’s solid waste disposal also must be sustainable “given our limited land fill spaces. Solutions which are sustainable have to be found, and there is the ‘urgency of now’ in finding these solutions.”

“We have come to India on a mission to find partners, partners who can help us resolve some of these issues now,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

During the meeting the Right Hon. Prime Minister also discussed the creation of a state of the art modern plant possibly to be located at the current land fill site on the island of St. Kitts to turn solid waste into electricity and other by-products.

It is expected that over the next few weeks the relevant agencies and departments of government will continue to receive and process proposals in these areas of development investment, and will eventually be guided in its decisions with appropriate feasibility studies and in-country discussions with interested parties.

Prime Minister Douglas was accompanied by His Excellency Mr. Kevin Isaac, St. Kitts and Nevis’ High Commissioner in London and Senior Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Beverly Knight.

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