Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said last night that the government will conduct several energy audits on government buildings and schools on New Providence in order to outfit them with renewable energy.
During his third national address for the year, Minnis pointed to the recently opened solar car park at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, which also includes an electric vehicle car charging station, as one of the things his government has done to fulfill this promise to moving towards the use of renewable energy.
He also highlighted other projects in the works.
These projects include the retrofitting of the T.G. Glover Primary School, utilizing a $900,000 grant from the Italian government, and the retrofitting of the Office of the Prime Minister and Anatol Rodgers High School for renewable energy.
Minnis noted that request for proposals (RFP) for energy audits will be conducted at other government buildings and schools including: the House of Assembly; the Ministry of Education; the Bahamas Customs Department; C.I. Gibson Senior High School; Uriah McPhee Primary School; Doris Johnson Senior High School, and C.V. Bethel Senior High School.
“These audits will inform the scope of works for the tendering process to engage suitable firms to perform renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits to these buildings by 2020,” he said.
As for the Family Islands, the prime minister said that Bahamas Power and Light has developed a strategy to incorporate renewables in generation in three islands per year starting from 2020.
“Priority is currently being given to conducting technical feasibility studies for facilities to be installed on Andros, Inagua and Bimini,” Minnis said.
“In Grand Bahama, the Grand Bahama Power Company held a ground-breaking ceremony for a 3.5 MW solar utility facility that is expected to go online by the end of 2019.”
He added that there are limitations on the size of the system that can be approved for each island.
“BPL is aggressively working on completing a renewable energy plan that will be submitted to its regulator this year to allow for the installation of larger systems,” he said.