Canada-based Deltro group still has its heart set on Barbados

With construction of a planned US$20 million solar photovoltaic manufacturing plant in Barbados yet to get off the ground, officials of the Canada-based Deltro Group Limited say they have been awarded a “significant contract” to build, own and operate a similar facility in northwestern Cuba.

That project, which is to be operated and maintained by Union Electrica de Cuba (UNE) and tied to the national grid, is expected to begin in January 2018.

It was back in February that Deltro officials had announced that planning permission had finally been granted for the construction of its ten-megawatt solar farm and solar panel manufacturing facility in Kendall Hill, Christ Church.

However, the company’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Dean Del Mastro had told journalists that $4 million in import duties was standing in the way of the Barbados development.

“We still have some i’s to dot and t’s to cross, but the fact that our plan has been signed off on by the Chief Town Planner is a significant achievement,” Del Mastro said at the time, while promising that once the tax exemption was granted, construction of the manufacturing facility would begin, creating about 500 jobs.

However, while assuring that those plans were still on stream, Del Mastro said the company intended in the meantime to utilize services from Barbados to support its planned investment in Cuba.

“To support the construction, Deltro will contract a number of leading companies to assist our team and will work to source as much content from Barbados as possible. While thousands of workers in Cuba will realize a significant benefit as a result of this investment, Deltro will also seek to involve our operations in Barbados to the greatest extent possible,” he said, adding that the company’s goal was “to always provide the greatest employment and investment benefits to local workers and companies in any country where we are operating while also securing trade benefits for Barbados and Canada whenever possible”.

In a release this week, the company also announced that its subsidiary, Deltro Energy Inc., had entered into a joint venture with Indian state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited and United Kingdom-based EnergyPro Limited and battery manufacturer Leclanché.

This partnership will see to the completion of the advanced battery storage project in Ontario, Canada, known as Basin 1 and 2. The project is the first utility scale energy storage facility designed to balance the Ontario power grid. Officials say it is already near completion and will see to a total investment of about US$25 million.

16 Responses to Canada-based Deltro group still has its heart set on Barbados

  1. Martine Boyer
    Martine Boyer November 16, 2017 at 12:17 am

    And as part of the deal they will probably pay very little taxes, something around 2.5%, so less taxes for Canada. Everyone loses…

  2. Bernie El
    Bernie El November 16, 2017 at 12:23 am

    But where is the Barbadian Home grown counterpart?

    Why can’t Barbados, manufacture and provide solar panels to the entire region.

    Why do we let foreigners profit off of our own resources.

  3. Victoria Waterman
    Victoria Waterman November 16, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Bernie El and Martine Boyer right. Every time I am island side, I see things that baffle me. Why don’t Bajans demand to be educated to do these ventures for themselves? Feels like a cycle of perpetual poverty being handed. Just like the Indian caste system! Bajans must demand whoever is in power to start becoming a first world nation that is self sufficient with technology. Let’s start with valid email addresses and contact with government employees. Next, more transparency in government movings and deals. Technology is key to it all. Lord, I feel like I need to be more active there.

  4. Tony Webster November 16, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Anuthuh plasmagoric thing? Cud consider a re-launch via an I.P.O. on B.S.E.; might boost stock “activity”; reach higher than the H.A.R,P. gun…guaranteed to reach outer space…also the shrinking inner space of taxpayers wallets. Time is short guys….throw the dice…quick!

    BTW…say hi to Raul for us; sorry The Donald is mucking up all those nice Obama plans…though ironically, My Great Friend Donald might actually cut us a li’l slack before La Grande Cuba Tourismo Juggernaut really gets rolling.

    Lawd…you listening?

  5. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 16, 2017 at 5:16 am

    ah dennis that should bring back ah smile on ya face….anything that crooked this government loves, is dean still in jail?

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 16, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Victoria Waterman you are right on point about everything you said.First this guy is a convicted criminal in Canada but a big shot in Barbados and secondly these crooks probably got tons of taxpayer money plus sweet tax concessions and no they not gine pay Canadian type wages.Simply politicians for years from both political parties have been selling out and that’s not going to change regardless of who wins the next election.Another question have environmental assessment been done on this project.

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 16, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Why is a convicted foreign criminal allowed to be a big shot in Barbados guess background might be a factor.

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba November 16, 2017 at 8:05 am

      hehehehe only bout hay…we will sit back while 70 acres of land gone to the CRIMINAL(S)

  8. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete November 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Rawle Spooner strange even Canada doesn’t want to do business with them! Why is Barbados????

  9. F.A.Rudder November 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Make Barbados great again! Barbadians went into South Carolina in the 1700’s and started the large scale production of thousands of acres developing the rice industry in the British American States and in this here 21st century after over fifty years of solar technology know-how we are as though we are totally unprepared to innovate and manufacture some of the things we so desperately need with all of the interlectual manpower we have invested.

  10. M.D.M. November 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Promote local. What about our own business people here in Barbados that could do the same investment?

  11. Tricia Mondore
    Tricia Mondore November 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Cause everybody hear we stupid

  12. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown November 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    What de hell wrong with some of our ppl aka elected politicians and government officials. I truly can’t understand how every single one of dem, does sell out dem own ppl. We wonder why after slavery ended, we still can’t progress? Just look to the right at the very same ppl we elect to help us rise and prosper and dem all sell the rest of us up de river.

  13. Belfast November 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    It would not surprise me if this government were to bring in some yanks or Canadians to run the sewerage plant.

  14. Peter White
    Peter White November 16, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Stay away from this guy.

  15. Jane Stewart
    Jane Stewart November 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm



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