Cayman’s largest supplier of electricity is celebrating its golden anniversary, by taking steps to go greener.
CEO Richard Hew told Cayman 27 the company is in the midst of conducting a Integrated Resource Plan, which will help determine how CUC can diversify its energy sources beyond diesel generation.
These sources could include solar, like the 20-acre, 5 megawatt solar farm expected to come online in October, natural gas, and potentially, wind power.
“Beyond that you need a longer term integrated resource plan, which not only looks at renewables, but other things such as storage, other reliable energy sources, fuel alternatives,” explained Mr. Hew.
Mr. Hew said the company started looking into renewable energy in 2001, and even had had an RFP out for a 10 megawatt wind farm in 2009. That plan was shelved when government designated the area for the Doppler weather system instead.
He told Cayman 27 the airport’s exclusion zone of 10 miles makes appropriate terrestrial sites for wind power hard to come by.
George Town MLA Winston Connolly said lawmakers need to remove barriers to the expansion of clean energy.
“We have to learn to facilitate thus type of technology,” said Mr. Connolly, who’s Private Member’s Motion to establish a National Energy Policy passed unanimously in the chamber last week. “As legislators, people working in tandem with CUC and the other providers, we need to sit down at the table, and I think this new energy policy review committee is also a good step in that direction.”