GREEN BARBUDA SOLAR HYBRID PROJECT
To address climate change issues and aim for a sustainable supply of electricity to the population of Barbuda, a fruitful collaboration between the UAE- Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) has taken place to implement a Hybrid Solar Photovoltaics Power Plant in replacement of the older one damaged by hurricane IRMA in 2017.
The new Hybrid Plant combines solar power generation from a photovoltaic system (720 kWp), electricity storage in a Lithium-ion Battery (750 kW/ 900 kWh) and diesel back-up (820 kVA).
The solution was designed and built to resist to very high wind loads and produce clean energy considering the solar power as the primary source thus, generating clean and affordable electricity. The electricity supply is available 24-hours 7-days thanks to hybrid design (Solar, Battery and Back-up diesel generators)
The Green Barbuda project was financed and developed in partnership with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The new « Hybrid Solar PV Plant » brings many benefits to the population of Barbuda in terms of:
+ Reliable Electricity Supply,
+ Affordable Electricity Supply,
+ Decrease dependence on fossil fuel,
+ Sustainable and Environmentally friendly clean energy source,
+ Job opportunities during the construction phase (70% of the workforce was employed locally).
+ Transfer of know-how for the operation of the new Hybrid Power Plant (100% of the operators are locals).
Number of local workers/technicians employed during construction: +50 people
Number of training hours: 200+ hours
Number of trained operators: 20 people
The plant achieved Practical Completion on the 7th of July 2022.