Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines

First solar park project in Trinidad and Tobago kicks off

14/07/2020 - 15:57
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The EU, through the GCCA+ initiative, has funded the development of the first solar park in Trinidad and Tobago. The park is located at the North Terminal, Piarco International Airport and will be implemented by the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. The project celebrated its maiden milestone recently when the EU Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Aad Biesebroek, joined the Chairman and the General Manager of the Airports Authority in a tree replanting ceremony.

 

The project was borne from a feasibility study, supported by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the EU, for capacity building for CO2 mitigation from international aviation and the use of renewable energy sources within the aviation sector in Trinidad and Tobago. The solar park will generate a clean, sustainable, green and renewable source of energy that is key to fighting climate change.

The proposed site for the implementation of the park is not free of encumbrances such as trees and shrubs and, in preparation for construction of the solar park on the site, the vegetation must be removed. While the removal is required for the success of the solar farm and the long-term benefits it will bring, the idea was to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible, hence the tree replanting.

Ambassador Biesebroek stated:

"We can all see the negative effects of climate change: coastal erosion, increasingly intensive rainfall, floods, and prolonged period of droughts. We all agree that it is important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to try to avoid an aggravation of these negative effects. The EU has therefore made environmental protection and climate action a top priority, not only at home but also in cooperation with partner countries. This solar park, financed through the GCCA+ initiative, is an example of our commitment."