St. Kitts goes solar at ports

By Gay Nagle Myers
St. Kitts Minister of Tourism Ricky Skerritt recently announced the opening of a 1.0 megawatt solar-powered energy grid created to power the St. Christopher Air, Sea and Ports Authority.

Located just north of the runway at Robert L. Bradshaw Airport on St. Kitts, approximately 3,500 solar panels now generate more than ample electricity for the authority's operation with excess energy to be fed into the island's public electrical grid.

"As our air and sea ports are the only means by which visitors can enter St. Kitts, it is imperative that the ports are powered by a reliable and affordable source that also is in keeping with our commitment to the preservation of our natural island environment," Skerritt said.

The $2.5 million solar farm is a joint venture of the governments of St. Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan, the Sugar Industry Diversification Fund and the St. Kitts Electricity Corp.

The solar panels are mounted near ground level at an angle that can withstand extreme wind and rain.

In addition, since the panels are visible from the air, they form the message "Welcome to SKB" (the three-letter airport code).

The farm is the most recent green energy partnership between St. Kitts and Taiwan, with other initiatives including solar and LED highway lighting and the development of an agro-tourism farm.

Several of St. Kitts' new tourism developments have been designed in accordance with sustainability initiatives, including Koi Resort & Residences, Christophe Harbour and Kittitian Hill.

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