Piarco International Airport to get €4M solar panel system
The European Union has agreed to fund four million euros toward the construction of a solar panel system at the Piarco International Airport.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Planning and Development, the EU and government have agreed to the installation of a commercial-scale solar panel system at the Piarco International Airport.
The Ministry said the €4 million grant-funded project is estimated to begin in the first quarter of 2020, and the implementation will take place over a period of 48 months.
The Ministry said the solar panel system will have an annual generation capacity of 1,443,830 Kilowatt-hours (kWh).
The Ministry said this solar park project falls under the EU’s Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative (GCCA+).
The GCCA+ s a European Union flagship initiative which is helping the world's most vulnerable countries to address climate change.
Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis, said her Ministry led the negotiations with the EU to secure resources for the project through its European Development Fund (EDF) Unit.
The Ministry said the EDF will continue to be involved in managing the resources of the project to ensure the benefits to Trinidad and Tobago are realised.
Robinson-Regis said the project is relevant to the achievement of Trinidad & Tobago’s National Development Strategy, Vision 2030 and T&T’s commitments to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement.
"It contributes primarily to the progressive achievement of SDG Goal 13 on Climate Action, but also promotes progress towards Goals 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy, 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production and 9 on Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. This will also reduce significant spending on electricity generation, resulting in significant financial savings in energy consumption by the Airports Authority of T&T," the statement said.
The Ministry added that other objectives of the project include an increase in the availability and use of energy from renewable sources and an increase in the efficiency levels in the consumption of energy in Trinidad and Tobago.
Other organisations involved in the overall project include the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit (MEAU) of the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).