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US Embassy – Bridgetown installs largest wind turbine in Barbados

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PRESS RELEASE – The largest single wind turbine in Barbados has been installed at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

The 20 kilowatt turbine, which is also the largest operating at any U.S. embassy in the world, underscores Embassy Bridgetown’s commitment to clean, renewable energy development throughout the region.

Since the 70-foot-high turbine was installed in Wildey, St. Michael, on December 16, it has produced approximately 63 kilowatt hours of energy daily. On an annual basis, it is expected to produce 56 megawatt hours. The turbine is built to withstand a Category 2 hurricane, and is designed to shut off and turn 90 degrees into the wind when wind speeds reach 59 mph. It is also incredibly quiet, producing only 50 decibels of sound even at its maximum speed of 100 rpm. Construction of the turbine took 72 days.

“Putting up this wind turbine has been an Embassy goal for several years and I’m delighted it has come to fruition,” said Larry Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. “This shows we ‘walk the walk’ as well as we ‘talk the talk’ when it comes to being serious about mitigating climate change and promoting renewable energy.”

The new wind turbine is Embassy Bridgetown’s latest project to further its goals of mitigating the impact of climate change and promoting clean energy through adaptation initiatives and energy partnerships. Other recent projects include adding all-electric vehicles to the Embassy motor pool fleet and replacing chancery lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting.

“These green initiatives can make a real difference to our planet over time,” said Ambassador Palmer. “We intend to lead by example and encourage others to look at similar ways they can secure a cleaner energy future for us all.”

Credit: St. Lucia News Online

Million dollar project could reduce water price

A million dollar renewal energy project that could slash local water bills is expected to be in operation by February.

The European Union-funded initiative, according to EU Programme Director for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) Joseph McGann, will significantly reduce the Barbados Water Authority’s (BWA) biggest operating cost – energy.

However, speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of a national agriculture consultation at Savannah Hotel this morning, McGann made it clear that any decision on whether those savings were passed on to consumers would have to be taken by the authority.

He said the venture entails the installation of solar panels at a water treatment plant at Carlton, Black Rock, St Michael, which would replace the fossil fuels that provide the energy to the pumping station at Carlton.

“We have also planned to invest, which we hope to be completed in another couple of months, US$500,000 for solar panels to do fuel-switching for Carlton Water Treatment Plant in Barbados,” he said, explaining that those bids were currently out to tender until December 16.

If successful, the solar panels could be installed as early as January next year. Therefore, “Barbados will have renewable energy for its water pumping station at Carlton.”

Credit: Barbados Today

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