Three companies have been awarded government contracts to install solar photovoltaic systems on 19 government-owned buildings, including schools.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart announced this morning during the opening of Energy Week, that the idea was to capture the interest and imagination of the next generation, which would give impetus to this effort in making renewable energy truly the engine of the economy.
“A more extensive programme will be rolled out in the next year, where we will be inviting the private sector to install these systems on the roofs of over 40 Government-owned buildings,” added Stuart.
He said this effort would include equipping each hurricane shelter with solar photovoltaic systems, which have the necessary power backup, so that in times of hurricanes or any other emergency, these buildings would have electricity to function effectively.
“In the same way that we pride ourselves on the penetration of solar water heaters, the next frontier is the erection of solar electricity systems and the use of other renewable energy resources,” observed the Head of Government.
To support this process, Stuart disclosed that the
Government was currently in the process of amending the Electric Light and Power Act to facilitate the sale of electricity to the grid from renewable energy resources.
“We expect this legislation to be submitted to the Cabinet for approval very shortly. The Government will therefore be leading this effort, not only in the creation of the regulatory environment, but also by being an active participant in this process,” informed Stuart.
The Prime Minister revealed that he recently held discussions with the Barbados Light & Power Company, which assured him that it would factor the power-generating facility of the proposed refurbished and upgraded Andrews Sugar Factory, into its plans, currently nearing completion.
“In a similar vein, the Barbados Light & Power Company Ltd will take cognisance of the plans for the landfill gas-to-energy project, which is expected to produce about three megawatts of energy, as well as the waste-to-energy project,” Stuart explained.
He said the waste-to-energy facility was a project that would be designed to process between 350 and 500 tonnes of solid waste per day, and should produce an estimated 10 to 14 magawatts of electricity. (EJ)