INAUGURATION CEREMONY – UAE/BWA SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PROJECT
On Friday, March 22, at 10:00 a.m., the inauguration ceremony for the United Arab Emirates Solar Photovoltaic Project will take place at the Barbados Water Authority’s Bowmanston, Pumping Station in St John.
In January 2017, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government launched a US $50 million Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund at its International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Conference. The fund was established to assist Caribbean Small Island Developing States to promote the increase use of renewable energy within their countries.
Through a number of its Ministries, the Government of Barbados submitted five project proposals to the UAE for funding and in November 2017 an agreement was signed between the UAE Government and the Government of Barbados, which awarded BDS $7million in grant funding from the UAE through MASDAR for two of the project proposals submitted by the Barbados Water Authority.
Those projects were for the supply and installation of a 500kW ground mounted solar photovoltaic farm on 1.5 acres of land adjacent to the Bowmanston pumping station; and the supply and installation of a 350kW solar photovoltaic carport at the Bridgetown sewage treatment plant.
As part of the agreement, the BWA has to fulfil the UAE MASDAR social commitment which includes: building awareness of renewable energy projects within schools and communities; the involvement of women in renewable energy; strengthening teachers in renewable energy education & awareness, and as part of this aspect, the Lodge School was chosen for the implementation of a renewable energy project, particularly given its close proximity to the Bowmanston location and the easy adoption of the students and teachers there for learning.
March 19, 2019