This project shows how a small business was able to make transformative changes by integrating solar power into various aspects of the business operations. The project has just received funding to upscale and replicate solar energy initiative to 10 communities in Antigua and Barbuda.
Electricity costs in Antigua and Barbuda are the highest in the world (48 US cents per kWh), making the country very uncompetitive in all of its operations. The country is blessed with sunshine all year round with daytime temperatures averaging 90° F.
The solution is to upscale and replicate solar energy systems as tool for meeting sustainable development objective and mitigation the threat of Climate Change. The project objective is to demonstrate solar energy among low income communities to share the knowledge, provide training through wide public education and awareness to empower the community.
This innovation is new and fresh and needed now. The opportunity to bring solutions using what we have all year round-the ideal climatic conditions. This project has the potential to transform a small debt ridden country making the technology available to every household, every business, bringing competiveness in every aspect of life. Since the system was installed, a total of 16,275 kWh of solar energy has been produced, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by 11,266
kg, and has generated a saving in the amount of $18,600.00.
• Highest electricity costs in the world
• A country with a high average of sunshine
• Using solar power to instigate change
• Has reduced CO2 emissions by 11,000 kg
• Can aid the country in positive development