The project is intended to reduce and eventually eliminate the island’s need for existing diesel-fired electrical generation and replace it with renewable energy.
"Nevis is committed to beginning this journey on the path to greener living," said the government’s acting premier, Hon Mark AG Brantley. "The use of renewable energy will result in a reduction of emissions of pollutants and green house gases, thus advancing Nevis' commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)."
"The use of geothermal energy will not only make Nevis a greener place in the future, but also makes it less vulnerable to volatile oil prices, as the cost of geothermal energy is stabilized under a long-term contract," stated Alexis Jeffers, senior minister in the ministry of utilities. Currently, Nevis currently needs to import 4,250,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.
Construction by NREI begins in January 2014 on 79 acres of Crown Land leased from the Nevis Island Administration.