Friday 10 July, 2020

Solar panel manufacturing facility gets the green light

The Town Planning Department has given approval to Deltro Group for them to proceed with the construction of a solar panel manufacturing facility on the compound of Trans Tech at Kendal Hill, Christ Church.

The announcement was made this morning by Chief Financial Officer of Deltro, Dean Del Mastro.

“We are standing here today in front of the approved manufacturing site that will employ 200 full-time hardworking men and women of Barbados,” he said.

He says there are still some details to be finalised but their plan has been signed off by the Chief Town Planner and their drawings have been officially stamped.

Acknowledging that this has been no small feat, Del Mastro said they will continue to work towards becoming shovel ready, and will now await some logistics that must be put in place.

The plant intends to support residential and industrial solar development in Barbados and the wider Caribbean, translating to more environmentally friendly, cost-effective solar energy options to consumers.

The company is also expected to commence work on its 70-acre solar farm at the proposed Waterford site. Del Mastro says after all the studies, the drawings, the effort, the town hall meetings and the work by the Ministries attached to the project, Town and County Planning has recommended approval for the solar farm.

The proposal includes a recommended 10 megawatts to be approved.

With these two pieces in place, he said the Deltro Group is in a strong position over the coming weeks and months to move forward.

He noted that they are continuing to work with the Ministry of Energy on their Generator’s License and that Mr. William Hinds, Chief Energy Conservation Officer, is working closely with respect to resolving and working through their application.

Now that the approval is in place for the manufacturing facility, Del Mastro says they want to work to get their manufacturing line out of the Barbados Port and set up at Trans Tech, noting that their line has been at the Port since August 2015.

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