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BMR Energy committed to green expansion in Cayman

BMR Energy’s CEO Bruce Levy said on Thursday (17 January) the acquisition of the Bodden Town Solar Farm was just the first step in the US-based firm’s plan for renewable energy in Cayman.

The company, part of Sir Richard Branson’s portfolio, had been interested in the Solar Farm since its inception in 2013.

With the approval of CUC’s recent Integrated Research Plan, it more closely allies Cayman’s future with BMR’s expertise.

“Cayman is an island that has announced its plan to move towards a renewable energy supply and we want to be there to help them do that,” Mr. Levy stated.

He added, they were seeking to “take advantage of their focus on renewables to bring our expertise.”

But he stressed there were improvements to be made: The Bodden Town plant was supposed to generate more electricity than it has been.

His teams are looking at how best to optimise output there.

Mr. Levy said they were consulting, too, on how to support further Cayman’s green agenda:

“We have some plans to develop additional solar projects on the island, we think we’ve found some land. But we haven’t confirmed that yet… land is a challenge, it’s such a beautiful place but the land is committed… we’re working hard to find sites similar to this one,” Mr. Levy explained.

He revealed that solar was not the only option on the table:

“We’re studying whether wind has the potential here. Wind is more difficult as it needs more land. Wind turbines have to be separated by a big distance and that’s what takes more land,” Mr. Levy added.

For Cayman Renewable Energy Association President James Whittaker, the time has come to go all in on greener alternatives

“You need scale to make it happen,” he revealed, adding: “that’s part of the challenge right now in Cayman. We have the Solar Farm and panels on roofs, but that’s adding 3-4% of our energy,” Mr. Whittaker detailed.

He stated: “It’s not enough to make a material impact.”

Mr. Levy stressed that Sir Richard Branson was committed to investing in the Caribbean, because these countries put out the least carbon emissions, but are likely to be most impacted from those emissions.

About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at carolinejames@hurleysmedia.ky or 326-2243.

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