Two of the primaries behind a new $26 million solar farm project, which is being proposed for Barbados, are currently facing legal troubles in their native Canada.
According to Canadian media reports, Dean Del Mastro, the former MP for Peterborough, spent one night in jail in June, and was then released on bail pending an appeal. The appeal is going to court January 4 and 5 in Newmarket. He was convicted of having overspent on his electoral campaign in 2008.
David allegedly had 22 of his employees and their friends each contribute $1,000 to his cousin’s campaign, and then reimbursed them with cheques from Deltro Electric for CAN $1,050.
He and one of his employees, Tori-Lynn Manchulenko, are charged with concealing the identity of the source of a contribution and exceeding the $1,000 individual campaign contribution limit.
If convicted, they could each face a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to five years in jail.
Earlier this week, the two announced that by early next year Deltro Group is expected to set up a $26 million solar manufacturing plant on the island, including a solar farm to produce electricity which it said it will sell to consumers at rates that are “much cheaper” than what they currently pay. Industrial plants will also be able to purchase solar panels from the experts in this field.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, they promised to play “a big role” in expanding the local solar industry and transitioning Barbados to “a centre of excellence” in renewable energy.
“The price of electricity here is high and it is only going to go higher. Oil is at a near record low, like a three decade low in price right now and still everyone we meet tells us about the high cost of energy here in Barbados. Frankly, it is crippling our economy. It is hurting everyday people that may not have enough money to spend on other goods or to spend otherwise with their families,” said David Del Mastro, president of the Deltro Group.
“Renewables are here to stay. This is a shift in the global economy. We have a given solar PV [photovoltaic] technology that we are going to build here but we are committed to staying and remaining on the cutting edge of technology with respect to renewables,” he stressed.
Director of the Group Dean Del Mastro said the company, which will serve both individuals and commercial businesses, had the capacity to “displace about 12 million litres of diesel fuel a year that is currently being burnt to generate an equivalent of 20 megawatts of solar electricity”.
He added that his team had already begun holding talks with credit unions here to put together financing packages “to help people save money and take advantage of solar technologies”.