A new airport solar power project was recently completed at the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua. The 3 MWp sun2live solar installation including more than 12,000 photovoltaic panels was developed and constructed by the UK-based clean energy provider PV Energy Limited.
The sun2live solar plant construction at the airport generates up to 4.645 MWh of green energy per year and saves 3.019,50 tons of CO2 emissions during the same period. To ensure optimal results of the solar power plant, high-performance polycrystalline solar modules were installed at the airport. These modules safeguard efficiency even during cloudy sky and interrupted sunshine.
The construction of the airport sun2live solar power plant was realized within 87 days. Due to the unique location, the engineering team had to consider some challenges and specific features. Since airplanes and aerodromes are very sensitive to glare and any reflected sunlight from the solar panels, the ideal direction of the photovoltaic modules had to be defined. As a result of this, a detailed glare study was included in the comprehensive project plan for the V.C. Bird International Airport Antigua.
This first MWp-sized PV solar energy park is part of a total capacity of 10 MWp in solar installations that have been agreed between GOAB and PV Energy. The remaining 7 MWp will be installed on roofs of public buildings such as ministries, schools, hospitals, and also in the shape of additional ground-mounted parks. “The realization of the 10 MWp project means that our Manifesto pledge to achieve 20% of our electricity from renewable energy is on target, and we are in fact likely to exceed that target making Antigua and Barbuda’s electricity sector possibly the greenest in the Caribbean”, declares Hon. Asot A. Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment & Energy.