Antigua and Barbuda pioneering in clean energy in the Caribbean

North America,Projects — The meeco Group on February 26, 2016 at 18:41

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Government of twin island state has officially inaugurated 3 MWp solar power plant at V.C. Bird International Airport Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda’s electricity sector has just got much closer to becoming the greenest in the whole of the Caribbean. The national target to generate 20 per cent of the required electricity from solar energy is almost tangible. Yesterday, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda together with the UK-based clean energy provider PV Energy Limited and The meeco Group has officially inaugurated the 3 MWp solar power plant at the V.C.Bird International Airport of Antigua.

The Honourable Gaston BrownePrime Minister and Minister of Finance and Corporate Governancestated in his speech: “This important initiative in the energy sector, utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, will allow us to reduce our foreign exchange outlays for imported fossil fuel, while developing our indigenous energy resources and contributing towards our goal of reducing our carbon footprint. The realization of the 10 MWp project means that our Manifesto pledge to achieve 20 per cent of our electricity from renewable energy is on target, and we are in fact likely to exceed that target making Antigua and Barbuda’s electricity sector possibly the greenest in the Caribbean.”

 

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The Honourable Gaston BrownePrime Minister and Minister of Finance and Corporate Governancestated

 

The sun2live solar plant installation at the V.C. Bird International Airport Antigua, developed and constructed by PV Energy Limited, plays a pivotal role in the clean energy strategy for Antigua and Barbuda. More than 12,000 top-tier polycrystalline photovoltaic panels generate up to 4.645 MWh per year and therefore save a substantial 3.019,50 tons of CO2 emissions during the same period and thus contribute to the goal of reducing the carbon footprint of the twin island state.

 

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The Honourable Gaston BrownePrime Minister and Minister of Finance and Corporate Governancestated during the cutting of the ribbon

 

The ceremony at the solar power plant has been attended by well over 450 guests from more than 25 countries. PV Energy Limited has expressed its sincere appreciation of the many guests who attended and continued the celebrations with them after the inauguration ceremony, during a reception at a venuelocated close to the main airport building.

 

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quote“We are proud to support the Prime Minister’s supreme vision of creating a greener environment. With this pioneering project Antigua and Barbuda will set an example for the whole of the region.”

 

To supply airports with eco-friendly and clean solar power is an approach, which requires diligent and farsighted analysis and preparationsPV Energy Limited has carried out special glare studies, in order to avoid any glare hazard issues for pilots to ensure the safety regulations of the airport. Since airplanes and aerodromes are very sensitive to glare and any reflected sunlight from the solar panels, the ideal direction of the photovoltaic modules had to be defined; therefore, the layout of the solar power plant was adapted accordingly.

The Honourable Mr. Asot Michael, 
Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy stated during his speech: “As we celebrate 34 years of independence, this successful harnessing of our indigenous resources for our national development takes us one step further along the path of sovereignty for which VC Bird, the Father of the nation, and other pioneers strived and fought.”

 

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The Honourable Mr. Asot Michael, 
Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy
 

The 3 MWp solar power plant at the V.C. Bird International Airport is the first step on the path towards environmental sustainability on the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda, and further steps have already been initiatedAnother PV solar power plant with a total capacity of 4 MWp will be installed in the Bethesda area on Antigua, as well as a 1 MWp solar power plant on the neighbouring island Barbuda, which will be soon installed by PV Energy LimitedIn line with the agreed strategy of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, to also make clean energy available in the twin island state during nighttime, and to stabilise the grid as well, a battery storage facility is also part of the agreed scope of supply of PV Energy Limited. Beyond that, PV Energy Limited will equip the roofs of more than 50 schools and other public buildings, with altogether 2 MWp sun2roof installations.

 

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7 Comments »

  1. Very well said. Antigua and Barbuda wants to preserve the beauty of their nature. The more natural resources will be preserved the more tourist will be visited especially the Tourist Attraction.

    Comment by Christian Morales — 5. April 2016 @ 03:53
  2. Thanks a lot for your comment Christian! You hit the nail on the head – and not only tourists will be attracted by a cleaner environment – solar energy generates new jobs and spurs the economic environment of the Caribbean.

    Comment by The meeco Group — 5. April 2016 @ 07:58
  3. Finally the government began to take care of the ecology! There are still some issues in Antigua and Barbuda such as deforestation and water management (source: http://www.confiduss.com/en/jurisdictions/antigua-and-barbuda/environment/), at least I am glad electricity sector and economic situation getting better.

    Great start. Thanks for the article.

    Comment by Michael — 2. August 2017 @ 10:00
  4. Dear Michael, thank you very much for your message and opinion! We also consider the Renewable Energy Programme of the government as a good step and are glad to support it. Kind regards, Sarah

    Comment by The meeco Group — 2. August 2017 @ 10:19
  5. Thanks for a very interesting article. Thinking about the USA’s attempts to step out of the Paris accords, I think it is important to acknowledge the environmental input of other nations as well. What Antigua and Barbuda does is essential for saving the environment, and I hop many other countries will follow the example.

    Comment by Oris — 7. August 2017 @ 10:48
  6. We hope so too!!!

    Comment by The meeco Group — 9. August 2017 @ 08:36
  7. Thanks, very interesting. I looked for any information about Antigua and Barbuda, about the use of modern technology.

    Comment by Tori — 12. September 2019 @ 12:57

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