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Growing interest: More Barbadians installing photovoltaic systems

Chief Energy Conversation Officer in the Ministry of Energy, William Hinds speaking to the media.

Chief Energy Conversation Officer in the Ministry of Energy, William Hinds speaking to the media.

Chief Energy Conversation Officer in the Ministry of Energy, William Hinds says there has been a growing interest by locals in installing photovoltaic systems. 

 

He made this disclosure while addressing local, regional and international journalists at Pebbles Beach yesterday.

 

The media personnel, who are on the island for celebrations for World Environment Day, were involved in a bus tour that made a stop at the St. Michael beach where they were shown the erected photovoltaic systems on the National Conservation Commission’s changing facilities.

 

“It has been tremendous. We have had exponential growth in the last five years… growth every single year, it has been dramatically increasing and I believe that we have over 100 companies that have been… getting involved in the business. In terms of the number of householders, I think that they are in the hundreds.” 

 

Hinds also told journalists that his Ministry has had “an avalanche of companies approaching us saying they would like to get licenses to be able to establish plants to sell electricity [to the] grid.” 

 

One reason given for this interest being demonstrated by the individuals is the affordability.

 

“The cost of a kilowatt hour of electricity for the consumer in Barbados averages around US$0.35. The cost of producing electricity with a solar electric system may actually be as low as $0.23 or less than that so it really means that right now in Barbados it is cheaper to produce electricity from the sunshine than it is to buy the electricity at the retail price from the electric grid.”(MG)

 

Source: http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=36753



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