Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has described the launch of the Carriacou Wind Energy Project as a very significant and historic moment for Grenada.
The US$5m project, which was launched at Top Hill Carriacou last week Wednesday, is an undertaking between the Government of Grenada, the European Union and GRENLEC.
It is the first ever Government/Private Sector Wind Energy initiative of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.
In his address at the function, the Prime Minister said that it was “a very significant occasion” and that he was “extremely pleased to be associated with its launch”.
He noted that Grenada was successful in securing grant funding to the tune of $US3.2m from the European Union as a direct result of its lead role in championing climate change and sustainable development issues.
The Prime Minister thanked Ambassador Valeriano Diaz for his support in making the project a reality.
“Energy is vital and reducing the cost of energy can bring long term benefit to our people and in this regard I want to thank Ambassador Diaz for his support”, he told the gathering.
Prime Minister Thomas stressed that the launch of the Wind Farm Project signifies government’s commitment to strengthening the pillars of growth and economic development.
Alternative sources of energy are among five pillars of economic growth identified by Prime Minister Thomas and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in propelling Grenada’s economy.
Ambassador Diaz in praising Grenada’s role in championing Climate Change and Sustainable Development issues stated that the initiative shows Government’s commitment to that cause.
He said the European Union is extremely proud to be partnering with the Government of Grenada and GRENLEC in reducing carbon emissions thus safeguarding the environment.
The wind farm project is expected to bring tremendous benefit to the people of Carriacou.
Several persons are expected to be trained both in the technical and managerial levels.
The project also opens up scores of job opportunities during its construction.
According to the Acting CEO of GRENLEC, Clive Hosten, the sister isle of Carriacou will also benefit through the necessary infrastructural work to be undertaken in order to facilitate construction of the Wind Farm plant.
GRENLEC is contributing approximately EC$1.8m towards the project.
The Wind Farm Project is projected to reduce Carriacou’s dependence on fossil fuel by approximately sixty percent.