Earth Works on St Vincent and the Grenadines Geothermal plant have begun along the base of the La Soufrière volcano.
The country expects to cover up to 50% of its energy needs by using geothermal energy at the end of the project.
Financed by partners, including the Clinton Global Initiative, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the Caribbean Development Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency, it is expected that this can be achieved by 2020.
Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has spoken constantly about the country’s quest for affordable and clean energy.
He recently stated on radio that the government is also exploring additional forms of renewables around 30%, in the area of waste to energy, solar and hydro.
A number of public meetings on geothermal development in St. Vincent & the Grenadines have already taken place as advance plans for the development of the 10 to 15 Megawatt Power Plant in the vicinity of La Soufriere Volcano continues.