The completion of Ragged Island’s solar array will be delayed until the end of January, Chairman of Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Dr. Donovan Moxey said yesterday, adding that the final cost will be $3 million.
Moxey, who was speaking at the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (BICA) Accountants Month seminar, explained that one of the main contractors for the project operates out of Grand Bahama and was affected by Hurricane Dorian, causing the project’s completion to be delayed to the end of January 2020.
“So we know a great portion of Ragged Island will be up and running by December 31, but the project won’t be completed for another 30 days after that, given the affects of Dorian on one of our key contractors,” Moxey said.
Moxey, who was fielding questions from the audience at the BICA seminar, explained that Ragged Island’s fully solar power system will be a laboratory for BPL to understand how to use renewable energy on other islands across The Bahamas and how costs will factor into those initiatives.
Moxey said the $3 million price tag for the solar array on the island of less than 100 residents is far more than the $500,000 a traditional power generation system would cost.
According to Moxey, BPL is eyeing the use of solar micro-grids in the Abaco cays in order to supplement power losses when storms hit and severed the power from the mainland.
“In the event of another storm micro-grids can function,” he said.
“But there’s a cost component here we have to think about. So clearly we have to learn. The Bahamas is unique in terms of what our needs are.
“Ragged Island has less than 100 people. When you look at all these costs, we have to be responsible.”