SAN JUAN – The government of Dominica is ready to resume work on a geothermal project that was put on hold in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika, which killed 31 people and caused up to $200 million in damage, an official confirmed to EFE on Thursday.
The $80 million energy initiative was delayed because the government had to concentrate on finding housing for those displaced by the storm, Energy Minister Ian Douglas said.
“We concluded the discovery and testing phases and we are moving into the generation stage: what type of plant do we need, what types of turbines do we need to install, how much power can we actually put onto the grid,” Douglas said.
The geothermal project is a step toward converting the national grid to renewable energy, the energy minister said.
“Right now we have fossil fuel energy in our homes and the geothermal will require an upgrade of the national grid,” Douglas said.
Dominica, an island north of Martinique, has a population of about 72,000.