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Renewable Energy & Sustainability

Promoting Green Energy

Considering the structural volatility of the international fossil fuel markets, the international increasing supply of affordable renewably energy alternatives and the new administration’s sustainable development objectives, an extensive series of plans have been put into effect to promote green energy island wide.

In 2011 a memorandum of understanding was signed with The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) to develop the Aruba Sustainable Research Institute (ASRI). Aruba is an excellent testing environment due to optimal solar, wind and sea conditions. ASRI will be testing new technological inventions and developed products in the area of PV (photovoltaic) applications, wind energy generation and new sources of renewable energy such as DSWAC (Deep See Water Cooling) and wave energy developments. The ‘know how’ transfer of these new technologies will commence through summer courses organized on Aruba for European students. Further ahead ASRI will contribute to Aruba’s “Green Gateway” vision by functioning as a regional (Caribbean and Latin American) hub to promote economic and technological exchanges between Europe and our region. Among the first identified projects are the ‘Solaroad’ and the ‘Rooftops Solar Project’.

Center of Excellence (COE): In order to create a high level of awareness with regards to energy consumption (demand side) for households, government facilities as well as businesses, the COE will promote and stimulate the use of energy efficient appliances through proper information, education, regulation and fiscal incentives. Certification of energy efficient appliances and air conditioners will be given high priority. The COE will be the initial point of transfer of knowledge from ASRI to the Aruban community.

Demand reduction will further be enhanced through an inverter based appliances incentive program and the introduction of pre-paid smart meters. Also, all public lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights

Fossil fuel reduction targets entail replacing the use of heavy fuel oil by the Oil refinery and the water and electricity plant, WEB N.V., with natural gas which, next to the structural cost improvement will lead to significant emission reductions of Co2, SO2 and NOx.

Fossil fuel efficiency projects were initiated at the water and electricity plant where Recips and salt water reversed osmosis units have been introduced.

The renewable energy strategy entails a second wind park (30 MW), a waste to energy plant (5 MW) which will also reduce the volume of waste substantially, a solar park (5 MW) and a solar rooftops project (5 MW).

Additional incentives supporting green energy efforts are the import duties reduction on wind turbines, solar panels and electric cars and parts to 2% and a reduction of import duties on hybrid cars to 12%.