The Eastern Caribbean island of Barbuda is looking to become a 100 percent green energy island.
That’s the plan behind the proposed Green Barbuda Energy project, which, if approved, would be supported by a regional grant from the government of the United Arab Emirates.
The project aims to move Barbuda away from fossil fuels and toward a mix of renewable energy technologies, primarily solar and wind power, backed up by modern battery storage.
Antigua and Barbuda government officials pitched the plan this week in a meeting with a representative of Masdar of the UAE to discuss the plans.
The UAE is funding a $50 million regional grant called the UAE – Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, with a number of Caribbean countries having already submitted requests.
Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, would manage the technical implementation of the project.
A UAE team recently visited the APUA electricity plant in Codrington to obtain data on energy usage and visited possible sites for installation of green fuel facilities.