Bahamas to provide 11 Family Islands with solar utilities

Bahamas Minister of Housing and the Environment the Hon. Kenred Dorsett said officials from the Ministry of the Environment are holding meetings with representatives from the Carbon War Room (CWR) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as the Government progresses with its renewable energy agenda.

Minister of Housing and the Environment the Hon. Kenred Dorsett speaks to the media during a break of a meeting of Ministry of the Environment officials with representatives from the Carbon War Room (CWR) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to progress the Government’s renewable energy agenda.  (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna)

Minister of Housing and the Environment the Hon. Kenred Dorsett speaks to the media during a break of a meeting of Ministry of the Environment officials with representatives from the Carbon War Room (CWR) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to progress the Government’s renewable energy agenda. (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna)

During a working meeting with the CWR and IRENA, March 30, 2015, Minister Dorsett said the Government has committed not only to ensuring that the Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Sciences Institute (BAMSI) becomes a green facility powered by solar energy, it has also committed to 11 Family Islands being provided with solar utilities.  These islands include Eleuthera, Andros, Cat Island, Acklins, Bimini, Inagua, Crooked Island, Exuma and Long Island.

Meeting with CWR

The Bahamas signed on to develop 20 MW of solar energy across the Family Islands, as part of the CWR’s Ten Island Challenge, a project backed by Virgin Group founder, Sir Richard Branson.

 

A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between the two to partner towards speeding up the nation’s shift towards renewable energy production and energy efficiency.

“You would see that a concentrated focus on some of our southern islands has been factored in to ensure that we do not find ourselves focusing on our populated and more developed islands,” Minister Dorsett said.

As an outcome of its involvement in CWR’s Ten Island Challenge, The Bahamas will focus on several projects aimed at meeting their renewable energy goals. These include:

  • Developing more than 20 MW of solar PV generation across the Family Islands;
  • Bringing energy efficiency and solar solutions to Anatol Rodgers High School;
  • Performing a nationwide LED retrofit for street lights;
  •  Implementing a thorough process designed to transition the Bahamas away from fossil fuels;
  •  Documenting best practices.

For more details on CWR’s Ten Island Challenge the see document below.

Download (PDF, Unknown)

 Meeting with IRENA

With respect to IRENA, Minister Dorsett said the Government is in discussions with the Agency about setting up consumer protection for the citizens of The Bahamas by knowing exactly what should be imported into the country and checking for standardisation in the marketplace.

The Minister said IRENA will also complete an examination of The Bahamas to determine where the country is in terms of its renewable energy readiness.

 


Source: Press Release by Government of The Bahamas. Featured Image Credit: Courtney Ferguson via Flickr.