An important step in reaching the goals of the Climate Compliance Conference is to make field research about the possibilities to implement actions in the future.

One important field of research is the country’s potential to become one with a carbon neutral future.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines holds a lot of potential to produce its own renewable energy. There is a geothermal reservoir located under the La Soufriere Volcano, the potential for solar energy is higher than in most places on earth and the island situation lends itself perfectly for harvesting wind to create energy.

The majority of St. Vincent’s energy still comes through burning oil, mostly imported from Venezuela thus making the economy of the country also dependent on fluctuating oil prices. However, the country does generate 7.7% of its energy from hydropower.
In the village of Fitz-Hughes – neighboring to the Richmond Vale Academy – is a hydroelectric river plant what was commissioned in 1962 and constructed with two turbine units of 550 kW output each.

In our aim to plan the future of St. Vincent, the Climate Compliance students study about the current situation and pay visits to the hydro station plant to learn more about the energy resources of the country. A guided tour with professional explanations gives our students a good understanding and insight in how energy is created off the rivers of St. Vincent.

The trough system in December 2013 has seriously damaged the water pipes in the area and the rehabilitation work of the hydro station is still underway. The rehabilitation also has made space to increase the volume of energy generated at the plant(s). The power station in Fitz-Hughes is expected to be fully functional again – and open for study visits – towards the end of 2015.