Power company looks for solar proposals
The Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) is developing a solar photovoltaic (PV) solution for future electricity generation in Barbados.
As an initial step in its plan to build a solar PV facility of up to 8 MW on land that it owns in St Lucy, the company 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.
“The Company is looking for businesses to design and build up to 8MW of [the] 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,” said BL&P’s Business Development Manager Roger Blackman.
The solar project forms part of the power company’s strategy to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuel.
BL&P said the project will also contribute to the achievement of the Government’s renewable energy goals identified in the National Sustainable Energy Policy.
“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,” the company added in a statement. (PR)