There’s a reason people flock to the Caribbean in just about every month of the year: sandy beaches, rum cocktails, a relaxed vibe (not unconnected to the previous point) and reliable sunshine. The sun is arguably one of the region’s most untapped resources and potentially holds the key to both future prosperity and, the word on everyone’s lips recently, sustainability.
On an island like Necker which has fast broadband and all the trappings of modern life, it’s easy to forget just how its location does present some logistical challenges, not least of which is energy.
Necker is currently taking part in one of the pilot programmes in the ‘Ten Island Challenge’ initiative which seeks to allow 10 islands from around the world to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels by making use of green energy.
On Necker Island the first step along this path was the introduction of a strip of solar panels between the Great House and the main beach area. Since the panels were connected to our power grid they are able to provide up to 20% of the total island usage, reducing our reliance on imported fuel for our generators.
Although the panels are designed to cope with the Caribbean climate and sea air, there are still plenty of challenges, not least of which is keeping the panels free of dust and animal debris. There are a number of other proposals on the drawing board to further reduce the island’s fuel consumption and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date.
Find out more about sustainability and Necker Island.