Author: Jeevan A. Robinson (MNI ALive Media | Date: 12 July 2017
In order to transform the economy of Montserrat, energy reliability will have to be one of the key foundations for the island's economic resurgence. This will be the only way that Montserrat can be serious about attracting new industries that are heavily energy reliant.
Much has been shared on this Energy push for Montserrat, while also being cognizant of the present stresses being experienced by the frequent power outages by Montserrat Utilities Limited (MUL), as they seek to transition to the new Power Plant in Brades.
Renewable Energy is one of the areas in which Montserrat hopes to increase its energy output by harnessing this valuable resource as enshrined in the island's Energy Policy, which seeks to bring 100% Renewable Energy efficiency on stream by the year 2020.
The Ministry of Communications, Works, Labour and Energy (MCWLE) headed by Hon Minister Paul Lewis and his team on Tuesday, June 12th, 2017, hosted four of the six bidders for the introduction of the phase-1 of the 250 kilowatt Solar PV Project.
The bidders came from various locations to include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the United States of America and Curacao.
According to information shared by the island's Radio ZJB; "The Primary aim of Tuesday’s activity was to allow the bidders to meet the various stakeholders in the Ministry with responsibility for energy, Ministry of Finance and economic Management, Montserrat Utilities Limited (MUL), the Owner’s Engineer STANTEC Consulting Caribbean Limited, and assisting partners Rocky Mountain Institute –Carbon War Room"
Whilst on island, the bidders were also introduced to the 250 kilowatt Solar PV Project in the context of Montserrat’s energy landscape.
They also toured the facilities of MUL and MCWEL, and got first hand information from the person Championing new and additional Energy Resources for Montserrat, Hon Paul Lewis.
Speaking on the advancement of the 100% Renewable Energy Policy, Honourable Minister Paul Lewis stated that the concept of the solar component speaks importantly to the vision of 100% renewable penetration on the grid on Montserrat, by 2020.
Listen below to Minister Lewis:
In addition, Chris Burgess of International Renewable Energy Agency, Carbon War Room spoke on the vision and policy directive of Minister Lewis and the government of Montserrat.
Listen to his full comments as shared below:
Finally, Managing Director of Montserrat Utilities Limited (MUL) David Thompson says one of the important things is that the project is rolled out in phases, and this is something that Montserrat can do presently.
Listen to his comments also shared: