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First 100% Sustainable Island in the Caribbean
Posted By Kristie Wilson On February 3, 2009 @ 4:00 pm In Environment,Renewable Energy,San Francisco,Wind Power | 11 Comments
We eco-enthusiasts will soon have a new eco-paradise island to escape to! Bonaire , a part of the Netherlands Antilles, will be the first island in the Caribbean  with a 100% sustainable energy supply. In 2007 the local government of Bonaire, who prides on its island’s beauty and natural preservation, agreed to this ambitious project of trashing its fossil fuel energy dependence and developing an energy system comprised of an 11MW wind farm , 14MW biodiesel plant , and a 3.5MW backup battery. Ecopower Bonaire BV, a consortium of Dutch-German companies, Evelop , Enercon , and local Bonaire Water and Energy Company, is spearheading this project that is expected to finish at the end of 2009.
Photo by Kevin King 
The project developers first installed a pilot 330kW wind turbine, whose current energy production exceeds any of their initial expectations. As a result, 12 more 0.9MW wind turbines will be installed on the north coast of the island, where wind and surf conditions are most ideal. This wind farm  alone can meet the energy demands of the island’s 15,000 permanent residents! Still, five bio-diesel generators are under construction for added stability, and developers expect the switchover from conventional fuels to bio-fuels within 3 years of operation.
Like its neighboring islands such as Aruba and Curacao, Bonaire’s economy is heavily reliant on tourism. Bonaire has strategically developed its land span of 111 sq. miles and the surrounding coral reed for tourism and eco-tourism, making it a top ranked Caribbean destination for scuba diving and witnessing wildlife. The island’s north side is also home to an array of flamingos, a donkey sanctuary and an ecological preserve. With beautiful beaches, great snorkelling, and 100% sustainable energy supply, what more could an eco-enthusiast ask for on her eco-holiday?
+ Evelop 
+ Enercon 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/03/first-100-sustainable-island-in-the-caribbean/
 Bonaire: http://www.infobonaire.com
 Caribbean: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/06/eco-luxury-for-the-bahamas%e2%80%99-star-island/
 wind farm: http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=2&q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/15/zeekracht-plans-by-oma/&ei=Q2CDSZGBDJm6sAOkkr14&usg=AFQjCNGav2shEGnJOWgEUeJnuYREXnAjLw
 biodiesel plant: http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=1&q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/09/san-francisco-announces-10-million-gallon-biodiesel-plant/&ei=XWCDSZzBGZHItQPzi-XODQ&usg=AFQjCNF76oRsq3i03H-8-OJn20WNYL7b3Q
 Evelop: http://www.evelop.com
 Enercon: http://www.enercon.de
 Kevin King: http://flickr.com/photos/divemasterking2000/541308904/
 wind farm: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/15/zeekracht-plans-by-oma/
 bio-diesel : http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/09/san-francisco-announces-10-million-gallon-biodiesel-plant/
 Essex Freight Holland: http://www.essexfreight.nl
 Wayfaring: http://www.wayfaring.info
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