En­ergy Min­is­ter con­fi­dent Cli­mate Change part­ner­ship will ben­e­fit Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

The Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia wel­comes the part­ner­ship of Clin­ton Cli­mate Ini­tia­tive and Rocky Moun­tain In­sti­tute - Car­bon War Room.” So said Dr. James Fletcher, the is­land’s Min­is­ter of Public Ser­vice, Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, En­ergy, Science and Tech­nol­ogy of Saint Lu­cia.

The min­is­ter was quoted on Thurs­day, on the heels of a spe­cial meet­ing an­nounc­ing new Clin­ton Foun­da­tion Cli­mate Change ini­tia­tives for small is­land states in the Caribbean and around the world.

He said, “Both or­ga­ni­za­tions have pro­vided mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tions to our coun­try’s en­ergy tran­si­tion. We are con­fi­dent their part­ner­ship will fur­ther ac­cel­er­ate our ef­forts and the ef­forts of other is­land-gov­ern­ments to­wards a pros­per­ous en­ergy fu­ture.”

The Saint Lu­cia min­is­ter had rea­son to of­fer thanks and praise.

The Clin­ton Cli­mate Ini­tia­tive (CCI) - an ini­tia­tive of the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion - on Thurs­day an­nounced its of­fi­cial part­ner­ship with Rocky Moun­tain In­sti­tute (RMI) and Car­bon War Room (CWR) to pro­mote a tran­si­tion to re­new­able en­ergy and en­er­gy­ef­fi­ciency so­lu­tions in the Caribbean re­gion.

The part­ner­ship com­bines the work of the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions’ com­ple­men­tary ini­tia­tives: the Re­silient Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram of the Clin­ton Cli­mate Ini­tia­tive and the joint Ten-Is­land Chal­lenge of Rocky Moun­tain In­sti­tute and Car­bon War Room.

Over the past two years, CCI has pre­pared over 20 re­new­able en­ergy projects across nine is­land coun­tries (in­clud­ing Saint Lu­cia), fa­cil­i­tat­ing the ground­break­ing of the 24-megawatt Wig­ton Wind Farm in Ja­maica and work­ing with the UN Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme to es­tab­lish a 1.3-megawatt so­lar re­bate pro­gram in the Sey­chelles.

Rocky Moun­tain In­sti­tute and Car­bon War Room’s Ten Is­land Chal­lenge cur­rently in­cludes Aruba, the Ba­hamas, Colom­bia (Prov­i­den­cia and San An­drés is­lands), Gre­nada, Saint Lu­cia and the Turks & Caicos Is­lands, with four more coun­tries ex­pected to join the Ten Is­land Chal­lenge later this year.

Over the past year, Rocky Moun­tain In­sti­tute and Car­bon War Room have de­vel­oped a Caribbean-spe­cific, com­pre­hen­sive hos­pi­tal-retro­fit guide and cor­re­spond­ing web tool; launched a re­quest for qual­i­fi­ca­tions for a waste-to-en­ergy plant in Saint Lu­cia; and launched a re­quest for pro­pos­als to deploy so­lar-pow­ered, off-grid, LED street lights in Prov­i­den­cia and San An­drés.

Se­na­tor James Fletcher.

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