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A first in the region! Solar tree installed @ Noel Lloyd Park

- initiative spearheaded by Green VI & Rotaract Club of Tortola
The Virgin Islands (British) created history when local non-profit organisation Green VI and the Rotaract Club of Tortola installed the region's first solar tree, referred to as 'OPTree" in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: Facebook
Non-profit organisations Green VI and the Rotaract Club of Tortola teamed up with the Wickhams Cay Development Authority, Creque's Engineering Services, ATEC BVI, Rotary Club of Tortola, Abbi E. Christopher and Perception BVI for the Region's first solar tree! Photo: Facebook
Non-profit organisations Green VI and the Rotaract Club of Tortola teamed up with the Wickhams Cay Development Authority, Creque's Engineering Services, ATEC BVI, Rotary Club of Tortola, Abbi E. Christopher and Perception BVI for the Region's first solar tree! Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands (British) created history when local non-profit organisations Green VI and the Rotaract Club of Tortola installed the region's first solar tree, referred to as 'OPTree' in Road Town, Tortola.

"Visitors to Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park are now able to sit down in the shade of a Solar Tree and charge their phones with power from the sun," a post on Saturday, July 25, 2020, from Green VI stated.

The non-profit organisation said it was part of on-going efforts to demonstrate that "now" is the time for the Virgin Islands to move towards alternative energy.

According to the post, the OPTree was donated to Green VI by Sunew, a Brazilian company specialising in Organic Photovoltaics (OPV). OPV devices convert energy from the sun into electrical energy. 

The non-profit organisations also teamed up with the Wickhams Cay Development Authority, Creque's Engineering Services, ATEC BVI, Rotary Club of Tortola, Abbi E. Christopher and Perception BVI.

Going green

During the 13th sitting of the second session of the Fourth House of Assembly on July 21, 2020, Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said his Government would be moving forward with alternative energy as per their election promise in the 2019 General Election.

"We promised that if given the opportunity, we would make alternative energy not just a conversation, but a commodity to households across our Territory. The impact on our electricity supply caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017 reminds us of the fragility of traditional sources of energy, which sources are also damaging to the environment. The impact of climate change globally has been significant, especially over the last decade, and the continued use of fossil fuels is seen as a major contributor," he said.

He noted that the Virgin Islands is especially vulnerable to the impact of climate change due to changing weather patterns, the increased strength and unpredictability of storms and their potential impact on tourism, other sectors and the overall economy.

"The occurrence of the massive flood and two strongest hurricanes (Irma and Maria) in the history of the Atlantic season in 2017 is strong evidence of this. As such, the use of solar, wind, and water as alternate sources of energy must be at the forefront of the Territory's future energy needs. Mister Speaker, I said during the Elections that moving forward with the National Energy Transition Policy in a thoughtful and proactive manner was something which must be given the priority it deserves. I must say that this Government is committed to making the use of renewable energy on a significant scale throughout the Territory, a reality."

Green energy is free!

Hon Fahie also stated that the BVI Electricity Corporation was mandated to lead the charge in driving the Territory's transition to green energy sources and "as a Government, we have also set the target of becoming at least 60 per cent Green by 2030."

"Green energy is free. Thus, by reducing our fossil fuel consumption by 60 per cent, we can reduce this leakage by about $15.7 million per year, based on the current usage and prices. That would be savings for the people of the Virgin Islands of $78.5 million dollars over the first five years when we reach the 60 per cent target mark."

Meanwhile, with the creation of a micro-grid, on Anegada, the BVIEC is working with a 10-year energy outlook, and the corporation aims that by 2021, Anegada will have an 80 per cent reduction of inputs to fossil-fuel-based energy generation, he added.

22 Responses to “A first in the region! Solar tree installed @ Noel Lloyd Park”

  • great (27/07/2020, 08:45) Like (2) Dislike (45) Reply
    That’s awesome them down island countries going trying follow now
    • Slim Jim (27/07/2020, 09:47) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please chill with the ignorance... now is not the time
    • VIBorn (27/07/2020, 11:21) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Great who hurt you, you have to be the same person making the Island person comment on every article. You seem damage!
    • bvi (27/07/2020, 11:43) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
      @great
      I am a full blooded BVIslander and I think it's time to cut out the foolishness about "down Island"..Only a fool can carry on in this way...if down Island wants to follow , that's good..Somebody have to be the first to do something somewhere.We are one Caribbean and one people... if disaster was to strike this region ,be it hurricane, Earthquake, sickness ect.Do you think it will single out who from here or who is from down island.More than 80% of BVIslander are somehow affiliated with so-called down island people...it is time for the editor to ban these types of comments.
      • @ bvi (27/07/2020, 12:26) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
        You ain’t no locals now be quiet
      • I agree (27/07/2020, 14:05) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
        Love me some down-islanders. Place was running out of cousins to marry. Prolonged lack of genetic diversity is risky for the long-term survival of a population.
        • I agree also (28/07/2020, 10:27) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          I would prefer to be with the down Island man for the simple fact that I might be with a local man that I might be related to and don’t know. That is just some nasty stuff to lay down with a family member and have a child which is the norm here. That is some sick disgusting S**t
    • I don’t care (27/07/2020, 15:05) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      And you women need the DOWN ISLAND MEN TO BREED YOU ALL OFF TO HELP STOP THE COUSINS, UNCLES AND DISTANT FAMILY MEMBERS FROM BREEDING EACH OTHER OFF. That is why a lot of children, not the children’s fault is born with developmental problems. YOU ALL HERE BASHING DOWN ISLAND PEOPLE AND YOU ALL IS JUST NASTY TO BE MIXING BLOOD lines.
      • True (28/07/2020, 10:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        That is nature’s little secret, everyone is related to each other because of the inbreeding. Cousins having children by cousins, uncles having children by cousins and the list goes on and on. You all are no better but you all are bashing the DOWN ISLAND PEOPLE. One set of nasty disgusting Tortola people with their damn noses turned in the air. Nothing but a bunch psychotic circus freaks breeding and marrying their own family members.
      • equality (28/07/2020, 13:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        this is an equal opportunity problem. guys don't want to marry cousins either. it is good to have new people, new ideas, and expand our horizons. and for VI families to grow bigger when other cultures marry into them. I have family connections now in many caribbean islands because of marriages into our family. People I can rely on when I travel or when my children, nieces or nephews travel. Anyway - the bashers just havin their fun. Can't take that stuff seriously
    • great?? (27/07/2020, 15:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Someone has to follow some trend sometime in life. The Virgin Islands followed Brazil with the tree. Right? The tree wasn't manufactured here.
    • Hmm (28/07/2020, 15:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hush yuh behind there are other Caribbean islands who already has that, Dominica. GRENADA, BARBADOS etc yall always quick to bash other Caribbean islands, but want to rush go states and u will be immigrants too there. Foolishness.
  • Almost (27/07/2020, 08:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Almost got a heart attack almost had to say somebody stole the Lloyd statue
  • Sad (27/07/2020, 09:21) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    Planting trees at the peak of hurricane season and in the mids of a pandemic...lovely.
  • Nice (27/07/2020, 09:57) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Looks nice but am i to sit in the sun while it charges?
  • Growth (27/07/2020, 10:21) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    So will the solar tree grow like a natural tree and shade that corner of the park for the phone charging guests?
  • pork (27/07/2020, 12:00) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    GREAT IS THE LADY WHO ALWAYS BLOGGING ABOUT ISLAND PEOPLE CAUSE SHE HAD AN ISLAND MAN AND HE DUMPED CAUSE SHE TO NASTY DON'T CLEAN CANT COOK AND ONLY KNOW ONE STILE LAY FIAT ON HER BACK AND ALWAYS MINING PEOPLE BUSINESS WE KNOW EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE NO MATTER WHAT NAME YOU BLOGGING WITH SHAME ON YOU
  • I love this (27/07/2020, 14:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    All I want to say is, people, don’t destroy and mess this up.
  • SMH (27/07/2020, 16:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    You guys go from story to story and take the bait from the idiot talking about island people. Ignore the fool and they will stop. It's clearly an attention seeking jackass.
  • You people are sick (27/07/2020, 23:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The topic is about a solar power tree. How the heck it turned into a down Island thing. For real, you people are truly a sick bunch.
  • kudos (28/07/2020, 11:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos to the civic and other private sector organisations who have worked together to undertake this initiative. I note that government says it will be promoting the use of alternate forms of energy - I hope that includes providing incentives for persons to install solar units, at least water heaters, on their homes. This is done in several other countries in the Caribbean, with some allowing them to be claimed as deductions on income tax returns. And, yes, I know that we don't file such returns in the BVI, but other incentives could be given.


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