The Government of St. Lucia is collaborating with Island Green Energy (IGE) and its technology partner, the Elementa Group to construct the island's first "Energy from Waste" facility.
Island Green Energy (IGE) has submitted a proposal to convert in excess of 40,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) per year to provide power to St. Lucia’s electricity grid as the initial base operation. IGE will provide the proprietary technology, fund the project and contract locally selected companies to design and build the facility. Island Green Energy will also hire and train local operators and maintenance crews.
IGE Managing Director, Joe Howe states, “This development represents ‘actual action’ and complements St. Lucia’s sustainable energy strategy. When generating electricity from municipal solid waste, every tonne converted from our process, yields 1.4 carbon credits.”
Island Green Energy (IGE) is currently in discussions with the Honourable Guy Joseph, Minister of Communications, Works, Transport & Public Utilities.
“This project will be the first step to permanently eliminating the need for future landfills, as well as reducing the island’s dependency on fossil fuels,” says Howe.
After the completion of the first base operation, IGE will continue to collaborate with stakeholders to utilize all of the island’s waste, including sewage, tires, agricultural and bio-medical waste. This should provide in excess of 15MW of “green” electricity to St. Lucia’s electricity grid.
About Island Green Energy
Island Green Energy, is a division of the Fernlea Group of Companies, a 70-year-old Canadian business with an international reach. IGE’s entry into the “green energy” sector emerged from Fernlea’s commitment to reduce energy costs and continue a legacy of environmental stewardship and community participation. Island Green Energy’s environmentally clean technology supports global efforts to reduce greenhouse gases.