From fossil fuel to renewable energy: BNOCL to install 30,000 PV systems over next decade
In 2020, a total of 300 persons within the Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL) will receive photovoltaic (PV) systems, as part of a small pilot project, according to the chairman of the BNOCL, Alex McDonald.
In light of the government’s announced plan for Barbados to become 100 per cent energy efficient by 2030, the chairman said, BNOCL’s Board decided they had to play their part in helping the country reach its goal, even though they are in the oil business.
Mr. Macdonald said the company would undertake several initiatives, including adapting its name to reflect that it is on the “renewable path that the country is on.”
It has also formed a renewable arm of the company which will commit to installing 30,000 photovoltaic systems on the homes across the country, or about about 3,000 homes per year for the next 10 years.
Said Mr. McDonald: ““The project will involve placing PV systems on homes and replacing the electricity costs to the members of our staff so that they are essentially fossil fuel free.”
He added that he wanted the message sent “that although part of our business is, and will continue to be a fossil fuel business, that our job is to sell it (2030 Energy goal) and to help the Government to achieve it”.
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