Solar energy for Ragged Island by month’s end

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey yesterday announced that the power company will introduce solar energy to Ragged Island by the end of the month.

It’s been nearly three years since Hurricane Irma ravaged the island.

“This project was due to be completed in December of last year but because of Hurricane Dorian, it was delayed by about 30 days,” Moxey said.

“So, Ragged Island will be up and running, pushing solar power to the grid by the end of January.”

The chairman said one of the companies — that assisted with the implementation of solar infrastructure on the island — was selected via BPL’s new procurement system.

“The other thing that we’re doing at BPL is we’re giving opportunities to Bahamians,” Moxey said.

“And so, we’ve established a new procurement system called ProcureWeb where every Bahamian entity, you can come and register on that portal. We’re also opening it up to internationals as well because we know we can’t solve this problem by ourselves.”

The damage caused on Ragged Island by Irma was so extensive that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) 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.

According to the power company, 14 companies made the shortlist for the Ragged Island RFP, including two Bahamian joint ventures.

Subsequently, four international companies submitted responses and after applications were vetted.

Yesterday, Moxey said the engineering, procurement and construction contract had been awarded to Tugliq Energy Co. and its construction partner, SALT Energy, in July 2019.

He said that Waugh Construction, which is based in Freeport, Grand Bahama, was subcontracted to work on the project.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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