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Excerpt from worldbank.org/en/news

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved US$21.9 million for the Renewable Energy Sector Development Project for Saint Lucia. This grant financing will help the Government of Saint Lucia assess the viability of its geothermal resources for power generation and strengthen the business environment for the private sector to pursue clean energy projects.

“This project will help the country evaluate how geothermal energy can contribute to the country’s national energy mix. Clean energy from geothermal sources can improve electricity system reliability and reduce the cost of oil imports. Transitioning to renewable energy would also decrease the country’s vulnerability to the volatility of fuel markets.” said Lilia Burunciuc, World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean. “The future development of geothermal energy, informed by the activities financed by this project, will translate into lower electricity costs for households and businesses.”

High electricity prices in Saint Lucia are an impediment to economic competitiveness and growth. Over 55 percent of firms identify the high cost of electricity as a major constraint to doing business in Saint Lucia. While electricity is supplied reliably, the country remains almost completely dependent on expensive imported fuels for diesel-based generation. Securing clean and resilient energy will also help the country to achieve a green economic recovery, in line with Saint Lucia’s Economic Recovery Resilience Plan.

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