Piarco International Airport to get €1.5M 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 €1.5 million grant-funded project, through the EU’s Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative (GCCA+), 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).
Additionally, €161,700 has been granted for the provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries for the implementation of a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Conducive Policy and Regulatory Framework, as well as to support the design and implementation of a public awareness raising campaign on energy efficiency, on correct pricing of energy and on the benefits of using renewable energy.
The two projects, with total funding of €4 million, are designed to support implementation of Vision 2030 - National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016 – 2030: T&T’s overarching development policy.
To provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries for the implementation of a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Conducive Policy and Regulatory Framework, as well as to support the design and implementation of a public awareness raising campaign on energy efficiency, on correct pricing of energy and on the benefits of using renewable energy.
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).
For more information on the Delegation of the European Union's development programmes within Trinidad and Tobago see here: https://bit.ly/2Yl8mGL