• Today
    December 13

  • 01:34 AM

Solar farm ‘saving millions’

ALEX DOWNES, alexdownes@nationnews.com

Added 24 March 2018

bl-p-solar-farm

A view of the BL&P solar farm at Trents, St Lucy. (FILE)

The Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) solar farm in Trents, St Lucy, is saving the country an estimated $10 million a year.

Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) managing director Roger Blackman gave this latest update on the 42-acre site on Friday during a press conference at the BL&P’s Bay Street, St Michael headquarters.

“It has met all the expectations and is delivering fuel savings for customers as a result,” Blackman said.

“When that is at full output, what it means is that we don’t have to run another generator that is bringing fuel and when that’s at 10 megawatts, that’s 10 megawatts worth of fuel that we’re saving from another plant.

“I think the estimates that I get would be between eight and ten million dollars a year that that plant is producing . . . and of course that is a straight pass through to customers, so that will be reflected in the slight drop in the fuel charge,” he said.

The solar farm started production two years ago, pumping solar-generated electricity into the grid.

Following its creation, the BL&P announced plans for another solar farm and a wind farm to put more power into the country’s network.

Blackman said the company earmarked land at Lower Estate in St George for the solar farm and was working hard to make a wind farm a reality. They are also exploring other areas.

“One of the things that we had hoped would have been on the network by now would have been biomass and waste energy. Those are firm renewable energy options that would allow us to get to our 100/100 vision,” Blackman said.

“In order to do that, in addition to solar and wind, you need firm renewables – renewables that are on 24 hours a day. And renewables like waste energy and bio-mass allow us to do that,” he added. (AD)

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

POLL

Are you being cautious with your Christmas spending in 2019?

Yes
No

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

INSTAGRAM