Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) intends to bring solar power to Ragged Island by December 2019, BPL Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey pledged.
“Our strategic push into renewables will have a marquee kickoff with work set to begin on implementing the new solar energy solution on Ragged Island,” Moxey told reporters at BPL’s Clifton Pier Power Station over the weekend.
“As we are all aware, the government of The Bahamas made a commitment to make Ragged Island a green island, and BPL is doing its part in making this happen. Our team visited Ragged Island this past Friday to view sites for the new solar plant installation on that island.
“We are excited about this first solar and battery storage solution implemented by BPL, which is paving the way for the company in the renewables arena, particularly with regard to solar generation. BPL intends to do everything we can to deliver solar power to Ragged Island by December 2019.”
Last week, BPL announced that U.S.-based company Salt Energy LLC had been selected to build its first solar and battery storage solution.
According to the power company, 14 companies made the shortlist for the Ragged Island RFP, including two Bahamian joint ventures.
The facility is expected to produce in excess of 90 percent of the energy requirements for the island when completed.
In September 2017, Ragged Island was devastated by Hurricane Irma.
The damage was so extensive that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deemed the island “uninhabitable”.
After the storm, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that the island would become a green island.
However, there is still no government school, post office, administrator’s office, police station or clinic on Ragged Island, as all of those buildings were destroyed during the hurricane, and have yet to be repaired.
The government has pledged $12 million to restore public infrastructure on the island.