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Antigua airport solar plant beats expectations

An on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at an airport on the Caribbean island of Antigua has outperformed expectations in its first six months of operation, its developer has said.

The 3 MWp installation at the VC Bird International Airport was commissioned in December 2015 and meets almost 100% of the airport’s power demand. According to the project’s developer, UK-based PV Energy Ltd, the system features 12,000 PV panels and generates up to 4.6 MWh per year. à‚ 

‘The solar power plant has already generated 2.5 million kWh and therefore saved 2000 tonnes of CO2 emissions compared to the use of heavy fuel and diesel, which is the common way of generating electricity on the island,’ Thomas Beindorf, Chief Technical Officer at PV Energy Limited, was quoted as saying by the Antigua Daily Observer newspaper. ‘This has substantially exceeded our initial expectations. With special regard to the weather conditions, which have not been as good as expected, we are glad to have achieved this excellent result,’ he added. à‚ 

The installation is part of a larger project undertaken by PV Energy Ltd for the government of Antigua and Barbuda, which will see a total of 10 MWp in on-site solar capacity installed across the islands. The company said it has begun installation of the remaining 7 MWp on the roofs of Antigua’s government buildings.

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