Caribbean island to boost energy efficiency with $5.9m loan


According to a press statement issued by the government, the island will use a $5.9 million loan secured from the Caribbean Development Bank and a $1 million grant to deploy the smart LED streetlight project.

Some 14,000 high-pressure sodium and mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED streetlights.

Benefits of LED streetlights

The installation of the LED streetlights is set to begin this February through to the end of 2019. Once completed, the project is expected to help the government of Antigua and Barbuda to reduce its energy consumption from street lighting by 4,900MWh per year.

The use of the LED streetlights will also help the island to reduce its energy generation and reduce carbon emissions by 3,200 tonnes by 2019.

The programme falls under efforts by the Antigua and Barbuda government to reach its target of reducing energy consumption in government facilities and public infrastructure by 30% by 2025.

The government’s total energy consumption including street lighting accounts for 11% of the Island’s total energy usage.

In 2014 alone, the government’s total energy bill reached $37 million. Currently, Antigua and Barbuda has the highest per capita consumption of electricity than any other East Caribbean state.

Robin Yearwood, minister of public utilities, civil aviation and transportation, said: “These LED lights have … high efficiency, and therefore reducing energy consumption by almost 50 percent. This would lead to a reduction of fuel imports into the island.”

Andrew Dupigny, head of infrastructure partnerships at CDB, added: “The use of LED lights is recognised as the new standard for street lighting due to its high efficiency, flexible lighting design and robustness. Studies have demonstrated that grid-tied LED streetlights are the more cost-effective option.”

Smart meters and energy efficiency

In related news, Carribean utility Barbados Light and Power Company (BLPC) has  partnered with energy management firm Landis+Gyr to deploy a smart grid project with the aim to improve its grid reliability, energy billing and consumer energy efficiency.

Under the project, Landis+Gyr will integrate its automated metering infrastructure technology, Gridstream, with the utility’s network to enable real-time monitoring and operation of smart electric meters.

Charles Harris, senior manager of business solutions at BPCL, said:  “We hope to gain a number of operational and customer service advantages with advanced metering and the tools to effectively use the metering data.”

The project falls under utility’s plans to improve its outage response through real time smart grid management.

In addition, BPLC will use the project as a foundation to ensure it increases its integration of renewable energy sources with the grid to reduce its carbon footprint. [Island utility records increase in customer satisfaction].

The power company serving 125,000 customers in Barbados  plans to generate 100% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2045.


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