Dominica is spending heavily on long-term development initiatives. These include expanding and improving renewable energy capabilities, as well as constructing and improving sustainable housing, healthcare, and educational facilities. Roosevelt Skerrit, the country’s prime minister, has committed to make the country world’s first climate-resilient nation by 2030.
The government is creating more robust dwellings while simultaneously improving its renewable energy capabilities, with hydro power accounting for 28 percent of total energy consumption.
In the Roseau Valley, the nature isle of the Caribbean, is currently building a 7MW small geothermal power station.
The facility intends to raise the percentage of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix, diversify the country’s energy grid, and provide out a clear path for private sector investment in geothermal growth.
Geothermal power plants operate similarly to coal and nuclear power plants, but heat is the primary source of energy. The Earth’s heat substitutes a coal plant’s boiler or a nuclear plant’s reactor with geothermal energy.
Micha Rose Emmett, CEO of the world’s leading government advisory and marketing firm, CS Global Partners also lauded the government of Dominica’s commitment towards sustainability and resilience.
“The Geothermal Power Plant shows Dominica’s commitment toward resilience. Projects like the geothermal plant are putting the Nature Isle ahead of the world in combatting climate change while relieving the nation of its reliance on imported fossil fuels,” said Micha Rose Emmett.
The geothermal Risk Mitigation Project will significantly lower electricity costs in Dominica and increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix from 25 to 51%, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 38,223 tons of CO2 per year.
The Dominica Geothermal Development Company Ltd (DGDC) is implementing the project, and a part of the project is funded by the citizenship by investment programme of Dominica.
The DGDC has decided to build a binary cycle power plant, which, whilst more costly than alternative geothermal plant models, is the most environmentally friendly and accordingly, the long-term benefits accrued by not causing pollution far outweigh the additional cost.
Work on the geothermal plant is well underway, and in February 2021, the government signed a US $12.5 million contract with an Iceland-based company to drill two wells.
Dr Vince Henderson- the Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency and Minister for Planning, Economic Development, Climate Resilience, Sustainable Development, and Renewable Energy of Dominica recently visited the site to observe the progress of the project and confirmed that the completion of the geothermal project is to take around 18 months, with the plant expected to be operational by the end of 2023.
The geothermal plant will have a substantial and positive impact on the island’s national advancement and the lives of its citizens. In addition to the creation of local jobs related to the construction and maintenance of the plant, the government is hoping to use the energy generated to power 23,000 homes with clean geothermal energy, which represents approximately 90 percent of Dominica’s entire population. It will also provide electricity to the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, which in turn will encourage foreign exchange.
About Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme
Though small in size, Dominica is considered the best alternative citizenship to invest in, according to an independent study by the Financial Times’ PWM publication, which particularly highlighted the programme’s stringent due diligence, efficient times and affordability. After applicants pass the due diligence checks, citizenship hopefuls then choose to either invest in real estate or contribute to a government fund. The latter is known as the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF), and it sponsors public and private sectors in Dominica that need financial support or has economic potential, such as the Geothermal Risk.
Mitigation Project. Each eligible person to become a citizen of Dominica adds at least USD 100,000 to the EDF. If they apply jointly as a family, which is possible under Dominica’s citizenship by Investment Programme, these contributions amount to USD 200,000 for a family of four and another USD 25,000 for any additional dependents.
Ultimately, the money goes towards modernising the local infrastructure,
schools, and hospitals, and even towards developing thriving industries like tourism and IT. Successful applicants, often within three months, attain the rights that come with Dominican citizenship, like travel to over 75 per cent of the world, including key business hubs like China and increased business prospects and the ability to pass citizenship on for generations to come.
Considering the flow of foreign investment through programmes like citizenship by investment, Dominica is prepared to set long-term goals that exceed sustainability expectations on a global scale.
The government of Dominica has allocated a part of the revenue generated from the Citizenship by Investment Programme to fulfil the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, which include improving marine life, forest management, and youth and women-led grassroots movements for better land stewardship. Additionally, Citizenship by Investment funds has provided a much-needed lifeline in rebuilding, focusing on housing through Dominica’s ‘housing revolution.
The project aims to build over 5,000 hurricane-proof homes across the island for displaced families.
Accordingly, those applicants who pass the vetting process and are allowed to invest can rest assured that their contribution is channelled towards the betterment of their new home country and the lives of their fellow citizens.