Disaster Risk and Energy Access Management (DREAM)
The objective of the Project is to reduce GHG emissions from fossil fuel-based power generation by demonstrating the exploitation of renewable energy resources for electricity generation in Barbados. To achieve this objective and strengthen the country’s Disaster Risk Response (DRR), the Project will promote decentralized solar photo-voltaic electricity generation in Barbados at community development centers and poly-clinics throughout the country. Project activities will include (i) the strengthening of the country’s renewable energy policy framework including a grid stability analysis and assistance in the strategic planning of RE investments; (ii) increasing the awareness and capacities of appropriate institutions and individuals to support RE developments in Barbados; and (iii) installations of solar-PV demonstration projects at community development centers, polyclinics and schools. The lessons learned from the demonstration projects will be utilized to scale-up investments for other solar-PV and RE installations in the public and private sector, all aimed at achieving a greater share of RE in the energy mix of Barbados.
Component 1. Renewable energy policy framework
Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Unit under DoET (ECRE) will implement the Sustainable Energy Framework Barbados (SEFB) that is informed by a more robust understanding of the Barbadian electricity grid’s ability to absorb VRE inputs over the short term, and the required hardware to increase the grid’s capacity to absorb higher proportions of variable renewable energy (VRE) in the medium and long term. The grid stability assessment is a key study for the GoB that will enable it to strategically plan its pace of RE and grid upgrades in Barbados. In turn, the strategic plan for grid upgrades will be based on the level of “phased” investment into the grid and the Government’s ability and willingness to finance grid upgrades. This will ultimately determine the pace of RE development in Barbados, and a stronger RE policy framework.
In addition, ECRE will be able to implement an integrated licensing regime for solar-PV system installations under the SEFB using best international practices that will protect the consumer as well as the owners of the RE generator and ultimately lead to a reduction of electricity production costs and prices, dependency on fuel imports, and emissions of GHG. This will lead to broader-based green, low emission, climate resilient development in Barbados
Component 2. Clean energy capacity development
With this Project focusing on the installation of solar-PV panels on community and resource centers under the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development (MoSCCECD) in Component 3, the Project will use its resources and position to provide awareness raising sessions on the plans of the SEFB, and the plans for installation of solar-PV at community and resource centers. This will provide effective awareness raising at the community level and provide initial interest of youth, under-employed persons and others to apply to courses to training solar-PV technicians (under PSSEP).
Component 3. Solar photovoltaic system installations
The successful demonstration of solar PV installations at public community and resource centers and polyclinics will provide reliable backup power to these facilities during extreme storm events. In addition, this will bring more confidence to the private sector investment of the feasibility of solar and other renewable energy technology installations in Barbados. With more clarity in the GoB’s strategic plans for RE scale-up based on their knowledge of required investments to increase VRE into the national grid, and a strengthened licensing regime for RE technologies, local engineering companies in partnership with international firms as well as the national utility will be enabled to successfully implement a scaled-up program for grid-connected solar PV technology projects in Barbados, either as distributed or centralized generation. This will demonstrate GHG emission reductions, increased access to clean energy access, improved climate resilience, and cost competitiveness with current costs for electricity.