The Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis may become one of the most carbon-negative nations in the world as it moves toward installing a geothermal power generation system that could eventually allow the island pair to meet its own energy needs and become a clean energy exporter to its neighbors.
There may be as much as 200 megawatts (MW) of capacity available, which would allow Saint Kitts and Nevis to be a power exporter to some of its neighboring islands, even as far as Puerto Rico. At present, the islands need only 10MW or so, although some resort growth is going to increase the demand. The initial plant is anticipated to be on line and producing power by the end of 2009. Additional production holes will be added thereafter to reach an initial target of 50 MW.
This isn't the first time plans for a Caribbean island to be powered solely by nenewables has come to light. Last year, we came across the story that Johnny Depp's Island to be Solar and Hydrogen Powered, but this is a far less exclusionary project.
Nevis has long been known for its hot springs. Now, this project will make Saint Kitts and Nevis the first nation in the Caribbean to utilize geothermal energy for its electricity, and may aid it in boosting its tourism with promises of 100% Earth-powered vacations.
Links: Nevis blog
written by Fred, July 21, 2009
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