Sol Ecolution and Blue Circle sign MOU to Construct Solar Energy Projects Across Barbados
July 6, 2022 – Sol Ecolution (Barbados) Ltd. (“Sol Ecolution”), the renewable energy and low carbon business unit of Sol Petroleum, and BC Energy (Barbados) Inc. with BC Energy Projects (Barbados) Inc. (together “Blue Circle Energy”), are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to jointly advance the development and construction of a portfolio of renewable energy projects in Barbados which Blue Circle currently has under development (the “Portfolio”).
Under the terms of the MOU, Blue Circle Energy will develop the Portfolio through the pre-construction phase, and partner with Sol through the construction process. Sol will fund project construction, as well as operate and maintain the projects through their 20-year lifespan. The Portfolio comprises approximately 50 single-axis tracking, ground-mount solar projects, called ‘Community Solar Gardens’, located across all eleven parishes in Barbados. The majority of the Portfolio is currently in the licensing and permitting stages. Pending receipt of regulatory approvals, these projects are expected to be constructed in phases between 2022 and 2025. Once completed, the portfolio of Community Solar Gardens is expected to produce up to 30MW of total generation capacity. The distributed nature of the portfolio will minimize short-term impacts to the electrical grid and facilitate additional grid support and resilience opportunities long-term.
“This is one of many steps we are taking to advance our decarbonization strategy and support Barbados in the transition towards increased renewable energy,” said Roger Barrow, General Manager for Sol Barbados. “Designed to integrate with each community’s natural and agricultural heritage, once operational, these Community Solar Gardens will generate sufficient energy to power over 6,000 homes and represent an exciting opportunity to significantly advance Barbados’ 2030 renewable energy objectives.”
Minister of Energy, Kerrie Symmonds, emphasized the importance of Community Solar Gardens in advancing Barbados’ renewable energy objectives: “Community Solar Gardens advances Barbados’ renewable energy objectives in a meaningful way through the development of solar energy projects, the facilitation of Barbadian investment in renewable energy assets and the grant of an investment interest to local schools. This aligns closely with the key priorities of our National Energy Policy – to advance renewable energy while also democratizing the energy sector in Barbados.”
Investment Opportunities for Barbadians
Sol and Blue Circle Energy recognize the democratization of energy generation infrastructure is of critical importance to Barbados, as evidenced by the requirement for all renewable energy projects to have at least 30% Barbadian ownership. As such, Sol and Blue Circle are actively exploring options to facilitate investment by Sol Barbados employees, local pension funds, credit unions and cooperatives in this vital energy infrastructure.
Providing an income stream for Educational Institutions
Sol and Blue Circle have also agreed to grant local educational institutions an investment interest in Community Solar Gardens. This will provide participating schools with a 20-year cash flow to invest in enhanced sustainability and renewable energy programming for their students. “Globally and in Barbados, there is a massive renewable energy transformation which requires not only investment in infrastructure, but also in people.” said Cameron Steinman, President for Blue Circle Energy. “There is a wonderful opportunity for Barbados to become a long-term regional centre of excellence in the development, design, construction and financing of renewable energy within the entire Caribbean. This all starts with education, and this 20-year annuity for schools derived from the income from these Community Solar Gardens will help ensure that green energy programming is being delivered into classrooms for many years.” Sol and Blue Circle Energy will also further invest in their existing scholarship and technical internship programs.
Description of Blue Circle
Blue Circle Energy is a Barbados-based renewable energy developer that empowers communities to benefit from their own renewable energy future. We develop Community Solar Gardens — medium-scale solar energy generation projects which integrate within the community’s natural and agricultural heritage while providing for local engagement and ownership
Description of Sol Ecolution
Sol Ecolution delivers on Sol’s commitment to energize the communities in which we operate by facilitating the development of renewable and low carbon energy solutions. Sol Ecolution is actively exploring commercial and utility-scale development opportunities in solar, energy storage, wind, hydrogen, and other emerging technologies.
The Sol Group is the largest provider of energy solutions in the Caribbean region, with operations spanning 22 countries across the Eastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cayman, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe. Sol supplies fuels, lubricants, bitumen and LPG through an extensive service station network, with marine, aviation and commercial operations in the Caribbean. Sol and Sol Ecolution are committed to powering our region’s journey towards a more sustainable energy future.
For further information, please contact:
|Alison Goudy Director of Finance and Operations BC Energy (Barbados) Inc. o/a Blue Circle Energy Parker House, Wildey Business Park, Wildey Road, St. Michael, BB 14006 Barbados +1 (246) 283-7656 mobile [email protected] http://www.bluecircleenergy.com
|Dami Adesegha Regional Manager – Renewable Energy Sol Ecolution Sol Ecolution SEZC Ground Floor BritCay House, 236 Eastern Ave. Grand Cayman, KY1-9006 Cayman Islands +1 (345) 525 5552 mobile +1 (345) 749 0025 fax [email protected] http://www.solpetroleum.com
Certain statements contained in this media advisory constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this media advisory the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this media advisory contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, the development and construction of the renewable energy projects constituting the Portfolio and the timing thereof; the number of projects that make up the Portfolio; the expected generation capacity and other benefits of the Portfolio projects; the details of the arrangement between Sol Ecolution and Blue Circle regarding completion of the Portfolio projects; opportunities to provide for Barbadian participation in the Projects; and the providing of an investment interest in the Projects to certain educational institutions.
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