This post is the first of a series of short articles that I am currently working on. The objective really is to rediscover the small grid connected renewable energy projects commissioned across the Caribbean.
As the title suggest, part one of the rediscover series takes a brief look at the Rosalie Bay Resort wind turbine installation in Dominica. Rosalie Bay Resort is an eco-luxury and wellness retreat nestled in the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the Rosalie River meets the black sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.
In 2008 the eco-luxury resort commissioned its own 225kW wind turbine which is the first wind
turbine on Dominica and one of the largest in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. The turbine in addition to roughly 300 solar panels offsets much of the resort’s electrical energy requirement from the utility and supply energy to the grid when excess is generated. The wind turbine alone is rated to generate 586,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy per year and thus allows the ecofriendly resort to avoid up 160 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year.
The turbine is a Nowin 29-Stall-225kW – a three blade stalled controlled horizontal axis wind turbine that uses a 4-pole single wound asynchronous generation, installed on a 40 meter mono pole tower at resort facility. A remote monitoring system is supplied with the turbine and ensures maximum security, productivity and longevity. The controller of the turbine is placed at the bottom of the tower for easy access
Next in our rediscover series we will look at the Munro College Wind Turbine in Jamaica.