The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) and the European Union (EU) have agreed to the installation of a commercial scale solar panel system, via a solar park, at Piarco International Airport.
The solar park will have an annual generation capacity of 1,443,830 Kilowatt hours (kWh).
According to a release from the Planning and Development Ministry, the project will begin during the first quarter of 2020, with implementation taking place over a period of 48 months.
The EU is funding the project to the tune of €4 million, secured under its European Development Fund (EDF) Unit.
The solar park project falls under the EU’s Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative (GCCA+). The GCCA+ is a European Union flagship initiative which is helping the world's most vulnerable countries to address climate change.
In the release, Planning and Development Minister, Camille Robinson-Regis, says the project is relevant to the achievement of this country’s Tobago’s National Development Strategy—Vision 2030—as well as its commitments to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement.
“The project contributes primarily to the progressive achievement of SDG Goal 13 on Climate Action,” the minister notes, “but also promotes progress towards Goal 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy, 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production and Goal 9 on Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.”
She adds: “This will also reduce significant spending on electricity generation, resulting in significant financial savings in energy consumption by the Airports Authority of T&T.”
The Planning and Development ministry states that in addition to helping Trinidad and Tobago meet its UN Climate Change commitments, other specific objectives of the project include: an increase in the availability and use of energy from renewable sources; and an increase in the efficiency levels in the consumption of energy in T&T.
Other organisations involved in the overall project include the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT); the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit (MEAU) of the Ministry of Planning; the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).