|Roger Blackman, BL&P’s Business Development Manager|
The Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) is developing a solar photovoltaic (PV) solution for future electricity generation in Barbados.
As outlined in the Company’s Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process, BL&P will build a solar PV facility of up to 8MW on land that it owns in St. Lucy. As an initial step, BL&P has published a Request for Expressions of Interest to identify qualified contractors who would respond to a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) which will be issued in mid-2014.
This solar project forms part of BL&P’s strategy to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuel. The country and local energy sector will benefit from the project’s impact on Barbados’ foreign exchange bill on fuel imports. It will also contribute to the achievement of the government’s renewable energy goals identified in the National Sustainable Energy Policy.
Roger Blackman, BL&P’s Business Development Manager, shared the following perspectives: “The Company is looking for businesses to design and build up to 8MW of latest generation solar PV at our site in St Lucy. There are up to 45 acres of industrial land available for development, and we are hopeful that local contractors can work together with international solar panel and equipment manufacturers to put together competitive bids at the RFP stage.”
The St. Lucy solar installation will serve the utility’s future energy supply needs along with existing traditional generation and other new generation yet to be developed, including new, state-of-the-art dual-fuelled generation planned for the same site.