The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) is putting its money where its mouth is and has put out a request for proposals (RFP) for a solar canopy to be built at its parking lot, to produce energy that will supplement its consumption from Bahamas Power and Light.
URCA, which oversees the energy sector in The Bahamas, has policies that mandate the use of renewable energy as a form of power generation.
The regulator has now taken the step to introduce renewable energy to power its operations on Fredrick Street in downtown Nassau, according to the regulator’s website.
URCA is requesting proposals for the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and maintenance of a solar canopy system covering an area roughly 20 feet by 75 feet.
“URCA has launched an organization-wide Green Initiative with the overarching goal of reducing the organization’s impact on the environment, demonstrating first-hand its commitment to the goals of the National Energy Plan (NEP), Electricity Act (EA) 2015, ES Policy, sustainability principles and practices via the development of in-house clean energy, energy efficiency, recycling and water management programs,” URCA’s RFP reveals.
“Having conducted an energy audit of URCA’s office at Frederick House during 2018, URCA has commenced activities to implement changes which will reduce URCA’s energy use. In concert with this, URCA intends to incorporate solar generating facilities in its own operations consistent with the already established Small Scale Renewable Generation (SSRG) program.”
The Bahamas has committed to producing 30 percent of the energy its citizens consume via alternative means by 2030.
Many of those already engaged in the renewable energy sector privately say The Bahamas is not only far behind in moving towards that goal, but is far behind many countries in the region. The country’s first utility-scale photovoltaic plant was officially opened in March and is expected to save The Bahamas $350,000 in diesel fuel per year and offset the production of 856 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. The $4 million solar car park, located at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, was developed and funded through a regional grant from the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund.
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