The second phase of a study is underway to determine if this country is suitable for the manufacture of solar energy projects, said Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development and Ag. Energy and Energy Affairs Minister, Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie.
Speaking at the launch of the CARICOM Energy Week at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad this morning (November 11), Dr. Tewarie said “In Trinidad and Tobago LNG options are also being expanded and the ongoing Mitsubishi Neal and Massy Initiative could well deliver yet another energy option through DME. In addition the second phase of a study is soon to be completed to determine whether it is economically feasible to establish a plant for the manufacture of solar energy products in Trinidad and Tobago.”
He added that the European Union is funding a project to determine options for wind power on the north east coast of Trinidad.
The Acting Energy Minister said sustainable energy for the Caribbean is an urgent priority, “Even with the energy resources that we have in TT alternative resources of energy are desirable and if we were to fus on doubling our per capita income (with greater equity) over the next 15 years, our demand for energy will also have grown. Moreover our most abundant traditional energy resources now are depletable.”
The CARICOM Secretariat’s program manager in energy, Joseph Williams noted that 45 percent of the region’s population, more than 7 million people are still without the basic energy needs like electricity and gas to cook their food.
Minister Tewarie also noted that energy solutions are being pursued with LNG for buses, LNG in gas stations the dimethyl ether, a clean burning propane like gas solution within five years “if all goes to plan with the Mitsubishi project”.