The technology group Wärtsilä has made a donation of USD 50,000 to aid in the restoration of power to Caribbean communities hit by the recent hurricanes. The cheque was handed over to the Chairman of CARILEC, the association of Caribbean electric utilities, at a ceremony held on the island of Grenada on October 4.
Wärtsilä has a significant presence in the Caribbean energy market with a current total of more than 3000 MW of generating capacity. The company has been an associate member of CARILEC since 1996 and during this time has been an avid supporter and a regular sponsor of CARILEC conferences.
“The recent catastrophic storms have caused major damage to the region’s power infrastructure and tremendous hardship to millions of people. Wärtsilä has installations on almost all the Caribbean islands and we feel very much a part of the region’s busines community. This donation is, therefore, something that we feel is part of our responsibility, and is something that we are pleased to do,” commented, Rodney George, Vice President, Caribbean, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.
“On behalf of all CARILEC members, I want to thank Wärtsilä for this generous contribution to our efforts to restore power lost in the hurricanes. We have crews working hard to overcome this challenge and our resources are stretched, so this donation is both needed and much appreciated,” responded Mr. Collin Cover, Chairman of CARILEC.
In 1998, Wärtsilä made a donation of USD 50,000 to CARILEC for similar restoration work following the devastating hurricane Georges.
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Caption: Mr Rodney George, Vice President, Caribbean, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions handing over the donation cheque to Mr. Collin Cover, Chairman of CARILEC
For more information, please contact:
Vice President, Caribbean
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
Tel: +1 473 535 0026
Executive Director, CARILEC
Tel. + 758-452-0140
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions in brief
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global energy system integrator offering a broad range of environmentally sound solutions. Our offering includes ultra-flexible internal combustion engine based power plants, utility-scale solar PV power plants, energy storage & integration solutions, as well as LNG terminals and distribution systems. The flexible and efficient Wärtsilä solutions provide customers with superior value and enable a transition to a more sustainable and modern energy system. As of 2017, Wärtsilä has 65 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2016, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
CARILEC in brief
The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) is an association of electric services, dealers, manufactures and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South Americas and Globally. The CARILEC Secretariat endeavors to improve communication among its members, providing technical information, training, capacity building, conference and other services. The Secretariat plays a leading role in electric utility advocacy, growth and sustainability in the Caribbean region, Central and South Americas.