Caribbean News Now reports that St Kitts and Nevis is utilizing the visit to Taiwan by Prime Minister Denzil Douglas and Minister of Energy Earl Asim Martin to “learn from countries, institutions and companies that have developed best practices,” in particular those who have implemented innovative ideas for sustainable development.
After visiting Motech Industries Inc., the largest solar cell manufacturer in Taiwan and one of the top ten manufacturers worldwide in terms of production capacity and output, Prime Minister Douglas explained that his country wants to explore possibilities for a type of development that is environmentally conscious: “We are talking at the moment of utilizing as much as possible, renewable energy and your company, Motech Industries Inc., is one of the leading companies in Taiwan that is pursuing development utilizing renewable energy sources, especially solar energy. We believe that from the experiences that you have, St Kitts and Nevis can begin to look at your models, your practices and see how we can become adopted in our own country to assist in our sustainable development.”
President of Motech Industries, Inc, Luke Chang, said the company is willing to train the people of St Kitts and Nevis, and provide equipment and other needs, as in the next 10 to 25 years solar energy will be the main energy provider. The company’s success stories are to be found in the Marshall Islands, where there are solar home and power systems; solar lighting and solar power grid connected systems in the South Pacific at Palau Hospital; a solar-powered Information Community Center in Samoa, a 10kw on-grid PV system in the Solomon Islands and a 950kw power plant in Taiwan.