Monday, October 14, 2013

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis:

Paradise Island of Nevis Plans Shift to Volcano Power (The Australian)

A paradise island favored by Hollywood celebrities could become the Caribbean's greenest destination, thanks to a decision to convert its entire power supply to run off the geothermal energy from its enormous central volcano.

The government of Nevis plans to drill boreholes into the red-hot rocks under the former British colony and use the heat to drive a power station serving the whole island.

The first stage will be to harness the volcano's power to supply all Nevis's homes and businesses. Later, the government hopes to replace the island's cars and vans with electric vehicles, which will be recharged with volcano power.

"Once the system is running we could also lay undersea cables to nearby islands like St Barts, St Martin/St Maarten, Anguilla and Antigua, helping reduce other Caribbean islands' dependence on fossil fuels," said Mark Brantley, the island's deputy premier, who is overseeing the project and hopes to announce a contract for the new plant this month.

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