Sol Ecolution playing a key role towards transitioning to low carbon and renewable energy solutions

St. Maarten, October 14, 2021 – The Sol Group (Sol), the leading provider of energy solutions in the Caribbean, is excited to announce a major step towards further energizing the region with the launch of a low carbon and renewable energy division: “Sol Ecolution”. Sol Ecolution was launched at the recent CARILEC (Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation) conference, with the purpose of delivering on Sol’s commitment to energize the communities we serve by facilitating the development of diverse renewable and low carbon energy solutions.

With a long history and deep understanding of the Caribbean energy eco-system, Sol Ecolution is uniquely positioned to support our customers, stakeholders, and communities through this transition. Our capabilities include financing, logistics, technical expertise, and Engineering, Procurement and Construction services. Sol Ecolution is excited to leverage these capabilities to support the transition towards lower carbon and renewable energy solutions region-wide, including St. Maarten.

Sol St. Maarten stands by its commitment to deliver reliable energy solutions to commercial and retail customers, under the highest safety standards and a robust portfolio of proprietary and licensed products including Sol Go Further High-Quality Fuels, Sol Gas, Sol Shops, Sol Aviation, Sol Marine and Mobil Lubricants. “Between 2015 and 2025, Sol has committed an investment of over US$66M into the St. Maarten economy, through capital investment and community support. We are excited by the opportunity to play a key role in enabling sustainable energy solutions in St. Maarten now and for generations”, said Robert James, General Manager, Sol St. Maarten.

Dami Adesegha, Group Manager, Sol Ecolution stated, “While we are in the early stages of this promising journey, we see this as a long-term initiative that will play out over decades, and we have committed a significant amount of capital over the next several years to support this initiative”.

Given the region’s untapped low carbon and renewable energy potential, as well as the initiatives of the Caribbean governments and utilities to significantly boost low carbon and renewable energy penetration, it is clear that the energy mix within the Caribbean will shift significantly over the next 10 to 20 years. 

Sol Ecolution has started deploying solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in a retail service station in Barbados and is currently assessing an additional 29 pilots in retail stations spanning St. Maarten, Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, Guadeloupe, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and Puerto Rico. Over the next few years, it will expand further to include our company-owned retail and terminals networks. Our offices in St. Maarten and our Bermuda terminal will also be producing PV energy in the short term and we expect to install at least 5 more megawatts (MW) of PV energy generation on commercial scale systems across our offices and unused land from our terminals. Beyond deploying solar technology on assets, Sol is actively engaged in discussions with its utility and commercial customers to identify opportunities to facilitate the development of renewable energy for third party use across the region.

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The Sol Group of companies operates in 22 countries across the Eastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cayman, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe. Sol supplies fuels, lubricants, bitumen and LPG through an extensive service station network, with marine, aviation and commercial operations in the Caribbean.

For further information, please contact:

Robert J. James

General Manager

Sol Antilles N.V.

Cole Bay Depot

Cay Bay Road # 26

Cay Bay

St. Maarten

+1(721) 544-3739 phone

+1(721) 544-3323 fax

+1(721) 520-0515 mobile

[email protected]

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Sol takes steps to further energize St. Maarten community

Sol, the Caribbean’s leading provider of petroleum-based energy solutions has taken a major step towards further energizing the island of St. Maarten. This comes with the recent acquisition of Gulfstream Petroleum Dominicana SRL’s (GPD’s) integrated fuel marketing business in St. Maarten, the Texaco-Branded Network, which involves retail, commercial, marine, LPG distribution operations and the aviation assets and customer contracts.

Commenting on what this acquisition means for consumers, Robert James, General Manager of Sol St. Maarten said that it unlocks opportunities for synergies, and efficiencies across the business, allowing Sol’s teams to focus on delivering safe, reliable products and services to a wider base of customers in St. Maarten. He noted that with the integration of GPD’s network, Sol will now supply a wider network of retail service stations, which will, in turn, provide Sol with the opportunity to offer innovative programs and promotions to its new customer base. James said, “We are passionate about energizing our communities, and about continuing to power the personal and professional journeys of the people of St. Maarten.”

Sol is looking forward to growing together with its new and existing partners to provide exciting and exceptional service opportunities to consumers. Sol is emphasizing that all GPD’s existing contracts with its customers will be honored and that the team is looking forward to strengthening its relationship with partners.

Sol has also signaled that the company views the island’s otherwise untapped low carbon and renewable energy industry with optimism for the future and is exploring initiatives designed to lower the carbon footprint in St. Maarten through renewable energy and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The company is seeking to integrate renewable energy solutions into its operations and, through its stakeholders and partners, is looking forward to being able to power its operations and provide its customers and partners with renewable energy and low carbon power generation options.

During the past five years, Sol has invested over US$22M into the St. Maarten economy and projects an additional capital investment of approximately US$34M. The company has stated that it will continue to manage every aspect of the business driven and guided through its business core values of Integrity, Respect, Safety and Community.

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Supporting our communities: Fuelling the Future

Thirty-one youth sailors from St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Barths, Antigua, Curacao and St. Martin travelled to St. Maarten to sail in the 14th edition of the Sol St. Maarten Optimist Championship, held November 9th and 10th which was hosted by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC) and sponsored by Sol Antilles N.V. The event attracted fifteen sailors ages 8 – 15 in the Orange Class and sixteen were in the advanced/ Blue Class. The winner of the Blue Class and overall winner of the event was fourteen-year-old Antiguan sailor Ozani Lafond who won 7 out of 11 races and showed how much he has learned after coming in 9th place last year.

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Sol St. Maarten Donates School Supplies

Player Development is an organisation in St. Maarten that works with at-risk youth, under the guardianship of Coach Tom Burnett. After the passing of Hurricane Irma, the Centre which houses this organization was destroyed.  Each month, members of The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle volunteer at Player Development, helping out with homework, reading, maths and sports.
When the members of the Mid Isle Rotary Club learned of Player Development’s misfortune, they felt compelled to help in any way possible. They were informed that the group needed reading books, as well as backpacks with school supplies. Mid Isle was able to source the books, and then reached out to Mr. David Antrobus of Sol St. Maarten to assist with the backpacks and school supplies. Together, they were able to provide the members of Player Development with desperately needed school supplies.

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Message from our CEO, Gerard Cox


English
After the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Sol teams have been working around the clock to restore supply and to help those affected in any way we could. We have restored the majority of our networks in the impacted territories and, as we continue our efforts to rebuild this region we all call home, The Sol Group would like to take a moment to reflect, and reaffirm our commitment to our communities. Here is a message from our CEO, Gerard Cox.
Spanish
Tras los efectos devastadores de los huracanes Irma y María, equipos de Sol han trabajado contra el reloj para restablecer suministros y ayudar a los afectados de cualquier manera posible. Hemos restablecido la mayor parte de nuestras redes en los territorios afectados, y, mientras continuamos con nuestros esfuerzos para reconstruir esta región que todos llamamos hogar, The Sol Group quiere aprovechar este momento para reflexionar y reafirmar nuestro compromiso con nuestras comunidades. El siguiente es un mensaje de nuestro CEO, Gerard Cox.

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Sol Puerto Rico visita Comunidades


El equipo de Sol Puerto Rico, en conjunto con un grupo de contratistas y detallistas cumplieron con su necesidad de servir con amor, estrechar las manos y estar cerca de los residentes en las comunidades de Utuado a las que entregaron suministros, agua potable y artículos de primera necesidad.

Nos enorgullecen nuestro equipo de Sol Puerto Rico, detallistas, contratistas y al equipo de San Benito Basketball por ser parte de este gran esfuerzo.

Reiteramos nuestro compromiso con Puerto Rico. Esta vez visitamos el Barrio Paraíso de Fajardo.

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The Restoration Process Begins

English
Our hearts go out to those countries throughout the region that were affected by Hurricane Maria and we extend our heartfelt empathy to these communities.
Due to the passage of Hurricane Maria two of our markets, Dominica and Puerto Rico, have sustained devastating effects from this Category 5 hurricane. Our network is also still recovering from the previous effects of Hurricane Irma which made impact in St. Maarten, Anguilla and The British Virgin Islands.
As we enter into our assessment and restoration phase, we remain committed to the safety of our employees, contractors and customers as well as the integrity and safety of our facilities and our products. The evaluation of the extent of the damage continues and we aim to restore the supply of products for all essential need as soon as possible.
We encourage those that have been impacted by this system to observe extreme caution as the rebuilding process progresses. For any enquires please contact us by sending an email to [email protected]
 
Español
Nuestros corazones se abren para aquellos países a través de toda la región que han sido afectados por el huracán María y les expresamos nuestra mas sincera empatía a estas comunidades.
Debido al paso del huracán María, dos de nuestros mercados, Dominica y Puerto Rico, han sostenido efectos devastadores como resultado de este huracán categoría 5.  Nuestra red de operaciones también se está recobrando de los efectos del huracán anterior, Irma, el cual impactó a San Martín, Anguilla y las Islas Vírgenes  Británicas.
Al entrar a nuestra fase de evaluación y restauración, permanecemos comprometidos con la seguridad de todos nuestros clientes, empleados y contratistas al igual que con la integridad y seguridad de nuestras facilidades y nuestros productos.  Continuamos evaluando que tan extensos son los daños sufridos y es nuestro compromiso el restaurar la entrega de productos para atender toda las necesidades esenciales  tan pronto esto sea posible.
Alentamos a todos aquellos que han sido impactados por este sistema a observar precaución extrema según el proceso de reconstrucción  progresa. Para cualquier información, por favor contáctenos enviándonos un email a: [email protected]
 
French
Nos pensées accompagnent les pays dans la région, qui sont touchés par le passage de l’ouragan Maria et nous offrons notre plus sincère empathie à ces communautés. En raison du passage de l’ouragan Maria, deux de nos marchés à Dominique et à Porto Rico, ont subi des conséquences dévastatrices à cause de cet ouragan de catégorie 5. Notre réseau est également en train de se remettre des effets antérieurs de l’ouragan Irma qui a eu des répercussions à Saint Maarten, à Anguilla et aux îles Vierges britanniques.
Comme nous entrons dans notre phase d’évaluation et de restauration, nous restons engagés à la sécurité de nos employés, de nos entrepreneurs, et de nos clients. En outre, nous restons engagés à l’intégrité et la sécurité de nos installations et de nos produits. L’évaluation de l’ampleur des dégâts se poursuit et nous visons à restaurer la fourniture de produits pour tous les besoins essentiels dès que possible.
Nous conseillons à ceux qui ont été touchés par ce système d’observer une extrême prudence à mesure que le processus de reconstruction progresse. Pour toute demande, veuillez nous contacter en envoyant un courriel à [email protected].

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Sol Supports Leonard Connor Primary School

St. Maarten: September 1st, 2017 – SOL ANTILLES N.V. (Sol) continues its commitment to St. Maarten by supporting the youth and the education. Sol has, again partnered with the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise to present 300 fully equipped school bags to the students of the Leonard Conner Primary School on August 16, 2017, for the fifth consecutive year.
The school’s Principal, Ms. Samuel and the Deputy Principal, Ms. Matthew welcomed Sol and Rotary Sunrise to the Leonard Connor Primary School. David Antrobus, General Manager of Sol along with Marisca Peterson, Sol’s Retail Sales representative and other members of the Sol St. Maarten team attended the ceremony with enthusiasm. The President of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise, Damali Bryson, the Assistant District Governor Marcellia Henry and a number of Rotary members, represented the Rotary Club at the presentation.

Sol’s support to the school is part of a “Back-to-School Project” hosted by the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise. Sol has been a proud sponsor to this initiative that support the students and teachers of its neighbor school at Cole Bay primary school
“We know that the new school year is an exciting time for students and Sol is more than happy to assist by providing the materials needed to maximize their academic development. Sol is proud to champion education and remains committed to fueling the development of St. Maarten’s youth. We wish the students the very best as they continue to strive for excellence,” said Antrobus.
Both Antrobus and Bryson emphasized that Education is Key and that the children should strive to excel to pursue their maximum potential. Ms. Bryson thanked Sol for its genuine commitment to this project that is of value to the community

One of the students, Leedje Bocio Amancio, gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the students to Sol and Rotary Sunrise and said she looked forward to next year. The children and their teachers were happy to be back at school and very appreciative of Sol’s and Rotary’s gesture.
Sol reaffirms its commitment to contributing to the educational development for the communities in which it operates.

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