TT Government and EU agree on solar park project at Piarco

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 12:15

The Government  of  the  Republic  of  Trinidad  and  Tobago (GORTT) and  the  European  Union  (EU)  have agreed to the installation of a commercial scale solar panel system, via a solar park, at Piarco International Airport.

The solar park will have an annual generation capacity of 1,443,830 Kilowatt hours (kWh).

According to a release from the Planning and Development Ministry, the project will begin during the first quarter of 2020, with implementation taking place over a  period  of  48  months. 

The EU is funding the project to the tune of €4 million, secured under its European Development Fund (EDF) Unit.

The solar park project falls under the EU’s Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative (GCCA+). The GCCA+ is a European Union flagship initiative which is helping the world's most vulnerable countries to address climate change.

In the release, Planning and Development Minister, Camille Robinson-Regis, says the project  is  relevant  to  the  achievement  of  this country’s Tobago’s National Development Strategy—Vision 2030—as well as its commitments to the United Framework  Convention  on  Climate  Change  (UNFCCC)  and  the  Paris  Agreement.

“The project contributes primarily to the progressive achievement of SDG Goal 13 on Climate Action,” the minister notes, “but also promotes progress towards Goal 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy, 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production and Goal 9 on Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.”

She adds: “This will also reduce significant spending on electricity generation, resulting in significant financial savings in energy consumption by the Airports Authority of T&T.”

The Planning and Development ministry states that in addition to helping Trinidad and Tobago meet its UN Climate Change commitments, other specific objectives of the project include: an increase in the availability and use of energy from renewable sources; and an increase in the efficiency levels in the consumption of energy in T&T.

Other  organisations  involved  in  the  overall  project  include  the  University  of  Trinidad  and Tobago (UTT); the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit (MEAU) of the Ministry of Planning;  the  Ministry  of  Energy  and  Energy  Industries;  the  United  Nations  Development Programme (UNDP); and the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).



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