$25 Million Wind Energy Project for Barbados Intended: Gov’t approval pending, we know how fast they are…
RE Power Barbados, a domestic renewable energy developer, formally announced its intention to build a 5.6 MegaWatt (MW) Wind Energy Project in Barbados today.
Since its inception in 2009, RE Power Barbados has been conducting the early assessment work of the $25 Million BDS project, and based on those results, is satisfied that commercial wind energy generation , can be a viable enterprise here.
“We look at wind energy a little differently” says company Founder and President, Barry Reid Creamer, “Rather than building large wind farms, the company is exploring multiple sites on the island where single turbines could be located.
“It’s a distributed generation approach,” states Creamer. “We are looking primarily at agricultural sites because we take a very small amount of land out of production, farmers can continue to work the land, and we can be located well away from residences.”
The company has completed its’ wind resource assessment of 3 sites in Barbados, and the preliminary interconnection engineering with Barbados Light & Power for the first site.
The company has also been assessing the wind resource in and around the Mangrove Pond landfill site at Vaucluse, St. Thomas. “We see an interesting co-generation opportunity there,” says Creamer. “Right now though, we’re focused on getting the first turbine permitted and installed.”
The 5.6 MW wind project , once approved and permitted, is expected to produce approximately 12 million Kilowatt Hours (kWh) per year, which equals a little more than 1% of the Country’s electricity requirements.
100% of the electricity produced by the project will be supplied to Barbados Light & Power under a long–term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
“We’ve had an excellent working relationship with BL&P over the course of developing this project , and we’re very excited about becoming a part of the next 100 years of BL&P’s history by bringing an indigenous, renewable energy component to this Country’s energy mix.” observed the President of RE Power Barbados.
As an Independent Power Producer (IPP), RE Power will be compliant with the regulatory standards set out by the appropriate Departments of the Government of Barbados, and to the technical standards set out by Interconnection Agreements with Barbados Light & Power.
RE Power Barbados currently has an application before Government for a Provisional Order which would allow it to conduct business as a domestic IPP, and deliver the electricity produced under the terms of the Power Purchase Agreement with BL&P.
As the project moves through the next stage of planning and permitting ,the company will be hosting Public Information Sessions and inviting public dialogue both through Town Hall meetings and online webinars, the first being planned for late November of this year.