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Solar panel plant highly recommended

A manufacturing plant to produce photovoltaic solar panels to help with the electricity supply in this country – that is the suggestion that local businessman Ralph ‘Bizzy’ Williams has put on the table for Government and the private sector to consider.

He put forward the proposal yesterday morning during a seminar hosted by the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) at the Savannah Hotel, where he maintained that Government must realise the importance of renewable energy and make a policy decision in that regard. Speaking to the media after, he said that Williams Industries would be willing to invest in such a venture, if it was to be considered.

“If Government is really serious about going to the alternative energy route, it would make sense for a factory to be established in Barbados to produce solar panels and that a guarantee price be established for that from the factory, and it [would] run 24 hours a day to maximise the efficiency.”

He continued, “…We have already invested lots of money in alternative energy; we haven’t actually got success yet because we have not got approval for a wind turbine we wanted to put up, [but] we are putting our money where our mouth is.”

With that in mind, he noted that there is about 9 000 acres of agricultural land in Barbados that is currently not in use, from which the 200 acres needed to set up the power station on which those solar panels would be utilised, could be drawn from.

“We could build up to 50 megawatts of photovoltaic, which would produce the electricity for the Light & Power’s grid when they are at their peak in the day – in the middle of the day is where their peak is highest. That would create lots of employment in Barbados [and] it would establish a world-wide, state-of-the-art plant in Barbados like what Intel was years ago,” he stated.

Williams added that if the plant could operate on a 24-hour basis, it might enable us to produce the panels at a price that would allow those panels to be exported throughout the region and even further afield.



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