The federal Government has already made known its intention to achieve 60% energy generation from green energy sources by 2015.
The new project is being facilitated through assistance from the Government of Taiwan and according to that country’s ambassador, Miguel Tsao, Taiwan remains committed to provide new technology to St. Kitts and Nevis.
He said the help being offered with the solar energy project signifies the commitment his Asian nation places on the everlasting friendship with the twin-island Federation and as a partner and ally – to provide new technology where possible.
The ambassador made his comments at a ceremony to activate the solar panels mounted on the roof of Government Headquarters to the national grid.
Ambassador Tsao noted that the project comes following a visit to Taiwan in March by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and Minister of Energy, Dr. Asim Martin, when they visited a solar power plant and renewable energy factory.
“It reflects and demonstrates the emphasis and importance of their visit today during this ceremony. Certainly fruit has been borne of their tangible visit to my country,” said the top Taiwan diplomat.
Ambassador Tsao noted that due to limited roof space for solar panels, the project is meant to be a demonstration project and is also a stepping stone.
“My knowledge of solar panels is not vast but I was reliable informed that electricity from the solar panels are enough to power all lighting and most office machines with the solar panels lasting for total of 25 years,” he said.
The Taiwanese Ambassador also informed the gathering that solar power will also be incorporated into the Newton Ground Demonstration Farm project – whose design Prime
Minister Dr. Douglas has had a hand in shaping.