Taiwanese Ambassador – Miguel Tsao
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
April 24, 2012 (SKNIS)
The Government’s efforts at promoting renewable energy in the Federation today received a boost in a brief handing over ceremony held at the Embassy of the Republic of China.
Minister of Public Utilities Hon. Earl Asim Martin was on hand to receive a cheque to fund a pilot project that would see the installation of 100 LED Smart Lights along the Kim Collins Highway and a portion of the Frigate Bay Road.
In giving brief remarks, Head of Taiwanese Mission in St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency Ambassador Miguel Tsao said as no country can stay away from the tide of the world’s development, Taiwan is happy to share the competitive edge in the development of renewable energy.
“According to preliminary studies from specialists in renewable energy” said Ambassador Tsao, “this kind of light can produce 70% savings of energy and last quite a long time. All the street lights are computerized and each light can be intensified according to the need of the respective area and time.”
The Ambassador also added that although relatively small, there is great benefit to be derived from this pilot project as it is a stepping stone to protecting the environment and leaving a better Federation for our children. The move supports Government’s energy policy of achieving 60% energy generation from green energy sources.
Minister Asim Martin, in accepting the cheque, expressed his thanks to the Ambassador and people of the Republic of China for their understanding in working with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to implement the Government’s overall policy on renewable energy.
“We expect that this project will start very shortly, the completion date we expect to be some time in maybe mid to the end of August” said Minister Martin, “so we are looking at between May and August having the Kim Collins highway right up to the Sugars building being lit with LED street lights.”
Minister Martin also said that he has been assured that once this pilot project is successful, similar projects will be implemented in other areas around the country.