A release from the Nevis Information Service reported that Powell who also holds responsibility for Communication, Post and Works in the Nevis Island Administration, the NIA, said several Caribbean countries, following Nevis’ discovery of geothermal energy, had attempted to mimic the island’s actions by tapping into their renewable energy sources.
While many islands, according to Minister Powell had been “talking about Wind Farms forever,” “Nevis did more than talk.”
“We did the talk, we negotiated the agreement and the contract and we now have a Wind Farm which is operating,” he said.
The discussion came as a result of the recent tour of the Madden’s Wind Farm by environmental ministers from across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States [OECS] who visited Nevis for the 14th annual OECS Ministers Meeting on the Environment and showered praises on the island for its renewable energy initiative.
In comparing the implementation of wind energy to that of geothermal energy, Minister Powell said, “Wind is much easier to implement than geothermal. Wind is cheaper to implement than geothermal and I think that that point has to be made over and over. Just to get the Nevis plant up and running you might be talking upwards of $30 million, so it is not an insignificant cost.”
Minister Powell said that while the cost of delivering geothermal energy was high, Nevis could look forward to exporting geothermal energy, as it would mean a world of difference for Nevis.