6 things you need to know about Barbados’ new solar energy plant
Created : 11 January 2017
WATTS NEW: Light & Power leads the way locally, playing its part globally.
The Barbados Light & Power is bringing a first to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean – a utility-size solar photovoltaic generating plant.
Comprised of almost 46,000 solar panels, the plant will span 42 acres and have a total generating capacity of 10MW.
It will produce about 20 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy annually. ?BL&P FAST FACT: This is enough to power 7 000 average homes in Barbados.
1. The plant is expected to bring an estimated fuel cost reduction of $10 million per year and of at least 21,000 tons of carbon emissions produced each year.
2. This move should take Barbados closer to its goal of having renewable energy contributing to 65% of total peak electricity demand by 2030.
3. 120 local jobs were created during the 8-month construction period, with longer-term employment for two for maintenance of the plant, which has a guaranteed lifetime of 25 years.
4. A truly Bajan innovation, the iconic Barbados Black Belly Sheep will be grazed on site to manage the vegetation at the plant.
5. Power from the plant is currently estimated to support approximately 2.2% of the annual energy requirements for Barbados, this addition of solar generation is a cost-effective solution for customers.
6. The Barbados Light & Power solar energy plant falls in line with the Government of Barbados’ international commitments to reduce Green House Gas emissions and Climate Change.