ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) has revealed plans to build a renewable energy power plant, as government continues to pledge its commitment to green initiatives.
APUA expects to have a total energy capacity of about 75 megawatts by 2018, a third of which will be renewable.
In 2010 when the government brokered a new agreement between APUA and Antigua Power Company (APC), Clarvis Joseph, APUA chairman, said his board instructed him not to sign.
Joseph said his board did not sign onto the agreement because it did not include clauses to specify that APUA would seek to establish alternative energy sources.
“We were very particular to state that APUA was going to use the period from then 2010 to 2018 to move to using alternative energy sources, particularly wind,” Joseph said.
“At that point in time APUA was doing a set of studies on wind generation, which incidentally are completed, and we are now about to look for the money to put in probably between 20 and 25 megs.”
As per its 1997 and 2003 agreement with +APC, APUA will acquire its 27 megawatt Black Pine power plant in 2018. That, along with APUA’s 30 megawatt Wadadli Power Plant (WPP) and the proposed 20 to 25 megawatt wind energy plant, will shore up APUA’s power generation capacity.
Joseph, speaking on OBSERVER Radio’s Snake Pit on Saturday, did not provide detailed information where the funds to build the wind plant would come from or what the timeline for construction would be.
Meantime, Joseph said the government has already passed legislation to allow individual citizens to generate electricity for their home using solar panels, for example.
Previously, no individual or company, other than APUA, was allowed to produce electricity in Antigua & Barbuda without the permission of the government.
Joseph said on his suggestion, APUA now regulates that arrangement.