The solar plant was built and installed by PV Energy Ltd, Peter’s clean energy company, as the first part of a contract with the Government of the twin island state to develop and install 10 MWp of solar power which includes a 4 MWp solar power plant in another area of Antigua, a 1MWp solar power plant on Barbuda and a total of 2MWp rooftop installations on more than 50 Antigua schools and public buildings.
The solar power plant at V.C. Bird Airport has been fully operational since 5th December 2015 and took just 87 days to be developed and constructed from bare ground. The 10 MWp contract with PV Energy is vital step for Government of Antigua and Barbuda in achieving their stated target of 20% of electricity from renewable energy and thus reducing the use of fossil fuels.
The ceremony was attended by more than 450 guests from over 25 countries and included the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, GCMG, KGN, KStJ, GCFO, MBBS (UWI), and representatives from the governments of St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis and Montserrat. The audience were addressed by Peter, as Chairman of PV Energy, the Honourable Gaston Browne (Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Corporate Governance), the Honourable Asot Michael (Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment & Energy), the Honourable Robin Yearwood (Minister of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation).
Prof. Peter stated ” The use of renewable energy sources shows the commitment of Antigua and Barbuda to defend and promote the values of sustainable development, to protect and respect the environment and to preserve it for future generations. We are proud to support the Prime Minister’s supreme vision of creating a greener environment. With this pioneering project Antigua and Barbuda will set an example for the whole of the region.