Sint Eustatius is positioned to be a regional trend setter in renewable and sustainable energy; they have already taken major steps to reduce their CO2 emission and dependence on Fossil fuel for their energy production.
Already, the Statia Utility Company (STUCO) has commissioned the second phase of their solar park. The 13,000 panel model covers a surface area of approximately 25,000m² producing 4.1 MW of clean energy amounting to 45% of the islands annual energy share.
Between the hours of 9am-7:30pm the Solar park with its cutting edge Hi-Capacity Lithium-Ion battery is able to guarantee 100% of the islands energy consumption reducing their annual fossil fuel usage by 1.7 million liters annually and reducing the islands carbon footprint by 4.5 million kg /year.
The integration of Renewable energy with water conservation and food security is high on the priority list of the island. The 2m elevated panels are angled to make use of a self-cleaning sprinkler system and provide enough surface area to collect over 25million liters annually. This innovative installation has been applied to combat the effects of climate change and water shortage due to extensive drought. The elevated panels also provide an optimum opportunity for agricultural exploitation, where the area under the panels will be used for cultivating leaf vegetables and flowers. The water from the panels will be collected stored and reused for irrigation purposes at the park as well as for the other agricultural initiatives. Under the 11th EDF program the EU has reserved 2.2 million euros to enhance the resilience of the electrical grid by the undergrounding of approximately 10km of MHV cables.
St. Eustatius will also be exploring its geothermal energy potential. In 2017 the local government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a French energy exploitation company for collaboration in the area of Geothermal Power Production on the island.