VC Bird Airport Solar Power Plant Generates Revenue
Since its commission in December last year, the three Megawatt peak (MWp) solar energy plant at the VC Bird International Airport has already generated more than US $1 million in revenue.
According to Thomas Biendorf, Chief Technical Officer of the United Kingdom-based clean energy PV Energy Limited, the company which operates and maintains the facility, “In just about six months, the solar power plant has generated 2.5 million kilowatt hours of power and has saved two thousand tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions.
“This has substantially exceeded our initial expectations. With special regard to the weather conditions, which have not been as good as expected, we are glad to have achieved this excellent result,” he added.
He confirmed that this level of success was possible due to highly professional and diligent project planning, including the thoughtful positioning of the solar modules, very good engineering, operations and maintenance on a regular basis.
The clean energy approach of Antigua & Barbuda has set an example for the Caribbean, where the efforts of installing such a solar plant are showing reliable and impressive successes, according to Biendorf.
The ground-mounted solar plant is located at the southwest shoulder of the airport and feeds the national grid with the energy generated.
Based on the solar energy plant’s performance, which covers almost the entire equivalent of the energy demand of the airport, the Caribbean Journal (The Caribbean News Magazine) chose the VC Bird International Airport as the second best airport in the Caribbean.
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