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ISSN 2753-7757 (Online)

Sunny energy prospects for Caribbean islands

15/2/2023

8 min read

Aerial view showing solar panels in action at Williams Industries head office in Cane Garden, St Thomas Photo: Williams Industries
Solar expansion plans are underway across the Caribbean – in Barbados, Williams Industries is a key player, with solar panels in action at its head office in Cane Garden, St Thomas

Photo: Williams Industries

The Caribbean islands are seeking to harness plentiful solar power in ambitious projects aimed at cutting electricity costs and boosting energy independence, report Juhel Browne in Port of Spain, Trinidad; Gemma Handy in St John’s, Antigua; and Poorna Rodrigo.

Caribbean island states are looking to harness their natural advantage in bounteous sunlight to expand solar power, boosting their energy independence while reducing the cost of energy as gas and oil prices rise.

 

Trinidad & Tobago  
Even in oil and gas-rich Trinidad & Tobago, consumers have been feeling the energy pinch, facing increases in their electricity bills in 2023. So, while the country’s Regulated Industries Commission (RIC) is holding public consultations on proposed new electricity tariffs, the government of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is looking at alternative sources to the country’s natural gas-fired power plants.

 

This includes an agreement between the government and a consortium of BP solar energy subsidiary Lightsource BP and Shell to build a 112.2 MW solar utility project, dubbed Project Lara. This will include two solar power farms, one near Brechin Castle, in east-central Trinidad, and the other near Trinicity, east of Port of Spain in northern Trinidad.

 

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