2.35MW of PV to be constructed under the UAE-Caribbean renewables fund

2.35MW of PV to be constructed under the UAE-Caribbean renewables fund
A solar thermal power electric power plant in Sanlucar La Mayor on February 13 2008 The plant works by using sunlight to generate heat To generate this intense heat arrays of reflective mirrors are used to concentrate sunlight onto a central receiver which uses the collected heat to produce steam to power an engine to generate electricity which can be distributed through the electricity grid It is the largest solar plant in Europe capable of producing 11megawatts of electricityAFP PHOTOCRISTINA QUICLER Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLERAFPGetty Images
Published: 12 November 2018 - 4:21 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Construction has begun on 2.35 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in the Bahamas, Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, it was announced last week.

The projects are part of the $50mn (EUR 43.8m) United Arab Emirates-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) that was set up in January to support renewable energy projects in the Caribbean over the next three years.

Those are the first three projects from the entire portfolio, covering 16 countries, that enter construction, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) said in a press release.

The three solar projects include a 900-kW carport PV array with an electric vehicle (EV) charging station at the national stadium in the Bahamas, a 350-MW solar carport, also with an EV station, and a 500-kW ground-mounted PV facility in Barbados.

The third scheme envisages the construction of 600-kW solar plant in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, to be connected to a 500-kW battery storage facility, covering the entire island’s power demand during the daytime.

The plants, designed by Masdar and the respective national governments, are planned to be switched on by the first quarter of 2019.

UAE-CREF is being fully financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). The initiative is a partnership between MOFAIC, ADFD and renewables developer Masdar.

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