Solar saver for NCC
THE NATIONAL Conservation Commission (NCC) should be able to save thousands of dollars on its energy bills when it switches to solar energy at several of its sites.
General manager Keith Neblett spoke of the possibility on Monday before flicking the switch to turn on the solar electricity system at the NCC’s Pebbles Beach, St Michael facility.
Neblett said the commission should be able to save $35 000 to $40 000 a year by using solar power at several facilities, under an overall Government plan to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and to have greater energy efficiency across the country.
The energy company Enermax has been commissioned to install nine 2.5 kilowatt solar photovoltaic systems at NCC sites across Barbados, mainly beach facilities and parks.
Contractor Hallam Edwards said about five systems were ready to go on line, just awaiting certification from the Government’s Electrical Engineering Department.
Solar systems are planned for areas including River Bay, St Lucy, Dover and Silver Sands, Christ Church, Browne’s Beach, St Michael, and Speightstown, St Peter.
Edwards said the solar power would be used for small appliances, security lighting, equipment for cleaning and other projects.
The Global Environmental Facility and the United Nations Development Programme are offering financial and technical support for this and other energy projects submitted by Government. (TY)