Jun 03 Minister Skerritt tells manufacturers solar panel plant to open soon and Government secures US$420,000 for energy audit Clean energy, renewable energy, solar panels, Ricky Skerritt, St. Kitts, solar farm



The Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has secured over US$400,000 to conduct an energy audit for the manufacturing sector.

This has been disclosed by Minister International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Richard "Ricky" Skerritt, who recently told the Manufacturing Division of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, that Government is encouraging business owners to take actions that can result in the more efficient use of energy, including alternative sources of energy.

"You should also be aware that Government has secured grant financing in the amount of US$420,000.00 to conduct an energy audit specifically for the manufacturing sector. It is expected that this intervention will assist you in lowering your energy costs to become more competitive," said Mr. Skerritt.

"We have removed the Customs Duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) on renewable energy products," Minister Skerritt reminded the local businessmen.

He said the solar energy manufacturing plant at the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Complex will soon be opened.

Minister Skerritt, who was in the Republic of China (Taiwan), last week was expected to visit the plant's parent company, Speedtech Energy.

He noted that Speedtech Energy is already constructing a 1 MW solar farm at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on behalf of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) and the St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC).

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3759&post200803=true


Mar 21 Construction Set to Begin on Solar Farm at St Kitts Airport Renewable energy, Taiwan, St. Kitts, Robert L. Bradshaw Airport, Solar Farm, Dr. Earl Asim Martin, Ambassador Miguel Tsao



Construction is set to begin of a solar farm at Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport in St Kitts.

The project is a collaboration between St Kitts and Nevis and the government of Taiwan, which has donated $1 million in funding.

"Today is the beginning of a new phase for both countries cooperation in renewable energy," said Taiwan Ambassador to St Kitts and Nevis Miguel Tsao.

"Taiwan would like to share this cutting - edge industry with St. Kitts and Nevis, the most important partner and diplomatic allied country of Taiwan."

Tsao spoke following a brief handover ceremony on Wednesday, saying renewable energy had become a global trend.

"We see the green economy, not only as the area of renewable energy, but as a means of providing new opportunities for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis," said Energy Minister Dr Earl Asim Martin.

The aim of the project is to make the airport a self-reliant green airport. It is projected to produce 1 megawatt of solar power.

It's the latest green energy partnership between St Kitts and Taiwan - from solar lighting on the country's main highway to panels at government headquarters in Basseterre.

Source: http://www.caribjournal.com/2013/03/21/construction-set-to-begin-on-solar-farm-at-st-kitts-airport/