Nathan Hart BWA project engineer, Phillippe Ardanaz French Ambassador to Barbados, and Baptiste Perlin from AKUO Energy having a chat. (Picture by Gercine Carter.)
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Representatives from the United Arab Emirates, France and the Barbados Water Authority toasted the official commissioning of major solar photovoltaic projects at the Bowmanston Pumping Station in St John and the pumping station at Lakes Folly, Bridgetown, at a cocktail reception recently.
The signing of a US$3.5 million funding agreement between Barbados and the United Arab Emirates was completed in November 2017 and saw the project beginning in early 2018. Funded by a grant from the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, the two systems will assist in reducing Barbados’ dependence on fossil fuel.
The Bowmanston plant is a 500-kilowatt ground-mounted system while Lakes Folly is a 350-kilowatt solar carport.
The cocktail reception followed formalities of the official commissioning ceremony. (GC)