Capacity limit for solar PV

  “Power cap worry” and “BLPC limit threatening” were two of the headlines a few months ago. They were raising the concern that the amount of solar PV that the Barbados Light and Power was accepting to flow onto the grid was too small. At that time it was capped at 7MW of installations but … Continue reading

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Residential solar PV case study in Barbados

As much as solar energy is about saving the planet, helping the environment and creating a more sustainable society for future generations, the increasingly popular driving force is money. A solar PV system has to make economic sense before a homeowner or business owner makes a purchase. What better way to learn about the financial … Continue reading

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Introduction to Renewable Energy – Free Online Course

If reading this website has piqued your interest in solar energy, and more broadly renewable energy, you may want to consider learning more by taking an online course. This particular course, RE100, is entitled Introduction to Renewable Energy and is offered by the premier renewable energy educational and training organization, Solar Energy International. With over … Continue reading

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Finding a reputable solar panel installer in Barbados

  You’ve informed yourself about solar power and are ready to purchase a system but then you ask, “How do I find a reputable solar panel installer in Barbados?” Don’t just go for lowest price. You wouldn’t buy a cheap parachute, why buy cheap solar? Solar is becoming easier to install but it is still … Continue reading

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Cost of electricity in Barbados

One of the traditional challenges of living on an island has been finding a suitable energy source to support the growth of society. Currently, Barbados and many islands rely almost entirely on imported fossil fuels for power generation. The combination of the ever escalating and volatile price of oil; and the cost of importation, place … Continue reading

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Barbados Light and Power’s Renewable Energy Rider (RER)

  Barbados Light and Power has introduced a Renewable Energy Rider program, following a successful pilot program, whereby electricity generated from renewable energy sources result in credit being accumulated on the customer’s account. Renewable energy generation can be from wind turbines or solar photovoltaic systems. The maximum size allowed for residential electricity users is 5kW … Continue reading

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Energy vs Power (kWh vs kW)

  Energy Power Definition Energy is the amount of power consumed (or generated) over a period of time. Power is the rate at which energy is consumed (or generated) at a particular point in time. Common unit(s) kWh (kilowatt-hours), MWh (megawatt-hours) W (watts), kW (kilowatts), MW (megawatts) and GW (gigawatts) Example An electricity bill for … Continue reading

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Solar scores big at World Cup 2014

  It’s that time again – a sudden uptick in “sick days”, longer lunch breaks and people leaving work early can mean only one thing – World Cup action is back! This particular World Cup is special due to the role solar power is playing. You may have noticed during the matches an advertisement on … Continue reading

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Reducing upfront cost of solar

The upfront capital cost for a residential solar PV system in Barbados is currently in the $16,000-$40,000 price range which is reasonable now and will continue to become more affordable in the future. Until then, reducing the current upfront cost can be achieved by: Purchasing a smaller system If a system to offset all of … Continue reading

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What the gold rush can teach us about developing solar projects

Imagine you discovered there was $1 million worth of gold in your backyard. Would you buy the mining equipment to extract it? What if you didn’t have the money to buy the equipment, would you let that stop you? What if the gold vein turned out to be endless? You could pay off the equipment … Continue reading

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