The European Union is providing €2.5 million of a total cost of €3.9 million for a wind turbine that will generate electricity for the 6,000 residents of Grenada’s sister island of Carriacou. The Grenada Electricity Services Ltd will provide the remaining €1.4 million financing.
When completed it is expected to provide between 38 per cent to 68 per cent of the electricity demand, of the 13 square mile island by 2014.
The project will seek to install two to seven wind turbines to serve the one mega watt load capacity currently supplied using existing diesel generation. To balance the system energy storage capacity will be provided for peak periods and load management.
It is estimated that the project will be completed within 24 months from the granting of the financing. GRENLEC has already conducted a wind study, with a supplementary assessment under way on two wind sites.
At present the diesel generating system for Carriacou operates at a significant loss given the country’s size and population and is subsidised by the people of Grenada.