HERALD TRIBUNE – The government of St. Lucia said Tuesday that plans are underway to generate 35 percent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020, pointing to two government agencies already equipped with solar power.
“The transition to renewable energy sources is a fundamental component of the energy security and price stability thrust of the government of St. Lucia,” Prime Minister Kenny Anthony’s administration said in a statement.
The National Mental Wellness Center and the headquarters of the National Emergency Management Organization are the two agencies equipped with solar panels.
Along with the shift to renewables, the government has set a goal of reducing public-sector energy consumption by 20 percent over the next five years.
Last December, the government announced that its Geothermal Resource Development Project received $2.8 million in grants from the World Bank and the New Zealand government.