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Construction begins on hurricane-resistant clean energy power plant in Antigua and Barbuda

Christian Fernsby |
The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Partnership Fund has announced the start of construction for a hurricane-resistant clean energy plant in Antigua and Barbuda to help the island nation recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma in 2017.

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The US$50 million Fund, the largest renewable energy investment of its type in the region, is the result of a partnership between the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar).

The Green Barbuda project is being developed with joint funding from the UAE and New Zealand and the Caribbean Development Group Fund, and implemented by Masdar. Site preparation, network impact assessment, and geotechnical studies have been completed for the project, which will support Antigua and Barbuda's efforts to recover sustainably and help create new jobs.

Masdar is leading the design and implementation of the project, which, when completed, will contribute to Antigua and Barbuda's goal of producing 15 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030. The project will include the construction of an 800 kW diesel power plant and a 720 kWh hybrid solar power plant, as well as an 863 kWh battery system to store excess electricity generated.

The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Partnership Fund aims to establish projects in 16 Caribbean countries within three funding cycles to help reduce energy costs, save more, and enhance their resilience to climate conditions. Clean energy projects were inaugurated in the Bahamas, Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines in March 2019.

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