The Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) took restoration talks of sister island Barbuda international, as the Electricity Business Unit took part in the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) Conference in Miami, Florida.
The annual CREF gathering is designed to emulate a “marketplace” where utility providers connect with other stakeholders within the industry to procure financing and advance the agenda of renewable energy production in the Caribbean.
Andre Matthias, manager of the Electricity Business Unit presented his analysis during a panel discussion where he expounded on the short, medium and long term goals for power restoration in Barbuda by the Authority.
The discussion, entitled “How the Caribbean deals with Climate Resilience – Utilities Experience and Lessons Learned” focused on electricity restoration works in Barbuda.
He highlighted that the immediate goal of APUA is to build a temporary overhead circuit to provide power to downtown Codrington and a permanent overhead line to the outskirts of the Capital. The short term plan would also include the installation of solar street lights around the Island.
The medium term goals he says, include the installation of concrete poles in selected areas, building out underground distribution in the downtown Codrington area and constructing a new Power Plant at a new location. “The new Power Station would have traditional diesel plants and a small solar plant. The long term plan would include the installation of more solar systems and battery storage to reduce the Island’s dependence on fossil fuel,” said Matthias.
Solar energy remains a major factor in the plan to rebuild and engaging modern technology to create an infrastructure that will be sustainable in the event of the passage of natural disasters.