Nevis Banks on Geothermal to Reduce Carbon Footprint
SAN JUAN – The Caribbean island of Nevis says it taking steps to focus on reducing its carbon footprint. This is the key message that Mark Brantley, deputy premier and minister of Tourism for Nevis, conveyed as he appeared on U.S. print and broadcast media during a recent visit to New York.
Nevis, which is part of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis, is poised to be “the greenest place on Earth” when its geothermal program comes online in 2017. The island has a vast resource of geothermal energy, enough that it can be 100% off fossil fuels and has energy left over to share with neighboring Caribbean islands, a statement published Friday says, adding, “No other country can currently make this claim.”
Brantley was joined by Bruce Cutright, CEO of Thermal Energy Partners and Principal at Nevis Renewable Energy Inc. (NREI), whose company works in Nevis on the production of geothermal energy.
“We are incredibly proud of the project we’ve undertaken and happy to share this news with the US and the world. Geothermal energy will be transformative for Nevis, bringing it to 100 percent power generation from clean, less costly renewable energy sources,” Brantley explains. “Looking ahead, we plan to export our expandable energy to neighboring islands becoming the Norway of the Caribbean.”