SOLAR TELECOMMUNICATION IN ANTIGUA
Digicel – one of the most important Caribbean mobile phone network suppliers – has opted for meeco (through its joint venture company PV Energy Limited) to install the first sun2com solar telecommunication solution in Antigua, in 2016. To enable the wireless communication between a user’s device and the network in remote areas such as the Caribbean islands, Digicel operates numerous telecommunication stations, also referred to as Base Transceiver Stations (BTS). Previously, all these stations have been powered by diesel. In order to circumvent the use of polluting, expensive and high-maintenance fossil fuel generators, Digicel has invested into two 5 kWp sun2com solar power solutions implemented by PV Energy. Installed in St. Johns, Antigua, each of the sun2com solutions includes 20 polycrystalline photovoltaic (PV) modules, generating annually at least 7.61 MWh of electricity and therefore saving more than 4,000 kilograms of CO2 emisssions per year. By providing clean and reliable energy for the BTS, sun2com reduces the risk of power shortages and outages and ensures more independence from high fuel and increasing delivery costs for Digicel.