Funds have been approved for Dominica to further explore its geothermal potential.
That is according to Dominica’s UN Ambassador Vince Henderson.
He told an interview with the media on Friday that he has been elected as the Chairman of a new facility created to undertake renewable energy and energy efficiency projects throughout the Alliance of Small Island States.
Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) is an intergovernmental organization of low-lying coastal and small Island countries. Established in 1990, the main purpose of the alliance is to consolidate the voices of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to address global warming.
“Presently the biggest thing for us is our role in the climate change debate. We continue to play a very important role together with the Alliance of Small Island States and we will be participating in the climate change conference in Durban. I have been elected as the chairman of a facility which is created to undertake renewable energy and energy efficiency projects throughout the island states. As the chairman we have been able to do a lot of work on behalf of small island states. At the end of this month, we will soon be signing two agreements, one with the PRC for about $10-million and also with the government of Japan where will be signing another $15-million facility which will benefit small island states,” he said.
Meantime Henderson said the government of Denmark has set aside $17-million for renewable energy and Dominica is expected to receive an initial contribution of US$250,000 which will go towards the geothermal project.
“We are hoping that we will be able to mobilize our resources in developing renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country,” he said.