According to the new Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Environment Policy Committee (EPC) and Minister responsible for the Environment, Renewable Resources on Nevis, Mr. Carlisle Powell, made the disclosure while he delivered the feature address at the official opening of the one day 14th Ministerial EPC, at the Mount Nevis Hotel on Tuesday.
“Even as we continue to develop renewable energies in the Caribbean, even as we continue to protect the environment, I urge all of us not to be selfish. Lessons learnt in one area, must not be kept as secrets from the other islands,” he said.
Earlier this year Nevis became the first island in the OECS with a commercial Wind Farm and in 2009 the NIA signed a contract with West Indies Power for the provision of geothermal energy in 2011.
The Renewable Energy Minister advised colleague ministers, that if they wanted to learn the Nevis lessons, regarding renewable energy development, they could make their own mistakes, but should not repeat those made by Nevis because the information was available.
However, Mr. Powell said even as the region thought of renewable energy, in terms of the environment, many had not thought of the wind and solar resources which were abundantly available across the OECS.