Barbados’ future in greening got brighter on Friday, June 7, 2013 when the island’s first Solar Carport and Electric Vehicle Charging Station officially opened at the Wildey Business Park.
The 14-bay carport, which is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Joanna Edghill and Simon Richards, both shareholders of Caribbean Consultants Limited
(CCL), was described as “a step in the right direction” by Energy Minister, Darcy Boyce.
Commending the couple’s contribution to Barbados’ efforts to increase its renewable energy capacity, Senator Boyce said: “Although this is a small step, it is
the start of something which we expect will gain momentum during the course of the
next few years.”
The husband and wife team has also launched Megapower, a stand-alone entity to CCL. The company, which will build and manage similar carport structures, has also imported Barbados’ first electric car, the Nissan Leaf.
The new solar carport features 102 solar photovoltaic, 265 watt monocrystalline Axitec panels from Germany. These will generate 27 kilowatt-peak, sufficient to fully charge seven electric vehicles per day, equivalent to 1,100 kilometres per day.
The project was completed by CCL, with part funding from the Caribbean Export Development Agency, under the 10th European Development Fund Regional Private Sector Development Programme’s Direct Assistance Grant Scheme.