The Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, operated by the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority, is now home to the first Solar Farm in the Caribbean region, making St. Kitts the smallest green nation and the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport the first green airport in the Western Hemisphere.
The .75 megawatt solar energy farm, designed and constructed by St. Kitts-based Taiwanese company Speedtech, now provides energy to SCASPA. The project that was launched during the 20th Anniversary Celebration of SCASPA coincided with the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Present at the opening ceremony of the farm were Resident Ambassador His Excellency Miguel Tsao, Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, Minister of Tourism and International Transport with responsibility for SCASPA, Honourable Richard Skerritt along with other government officials, members of the Taiwanese embassy and SCASPA senior managers including Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jonathan Bass.
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas said the opening signaled the Federation completing yet another stage in its determined march toward a green energy economy.
“With the high cost of electricity worldwide and the strategic importance of air and sea ports, it is essential that St. Kitts and Nevis not only has a reliable source of electricity for its air and sea ports but that we be able to access the energy for these facilities in a cost-effective manageable manner.”
A commemorative plaque was unveiled at the ceremony and the first solar panel was hoisted by the Taiwanese Ambassador, the CE of Speedtech and the Prime Minister, other Ministers of Government and Governor General.
With about 3500 panels at the solar farm, the venture would save SCASPA in the region of US$800,000.00 annually, while reducing the debt that had accumulated, as a result of heavy investment in much needed infrastructure. Excess energy not consumed by SCASPA will be fed into the public grid operated by SKELEC.