Public Sector Smart Energy Programme (PSSEP)
- Type: Energy
- Investor: IDB and EU
- Category: Sustainability
- Value: BBD $56M
- IDB: US$17 million
- EU: €5.81 million
- Status: Implementation
1. Component 1- Retrofit of government buildings with RE and EE technologies and public lights with EE technologies.
2. Component 2 – A pilot project and studies for encouraging the use of RE.
3. Component 3 – Capacity building, institutional strengthening and public awareness.
- Retrofit of streetlights with LEDs – The contract for the supply of 37,250 LED streetlights was awarded to Caribbean LED Lighting Inc. The installation commenced May 2019 and is expected to last 18 months.
- Retrofit with Solar PV – The contract for the supply and installation of Solar PVs on select government buildings was awarded to Solar Watt Systems Inc. on May 16, 2017. As at March 2020, the following installations have been substantially completed.
- Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI)
- Ministry of Education, Science, Innovation and Technology
- Forensics Sciences Centre
- Frank Walcott Building
- National Housing Corporation
- Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre
- Bridgetown Port – Old Mechanical Building
- Barbados Cruise Terminal
- Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation
- University of the West Indies (Sagicor and Clico Buildings)
- Grantley Adams International Airport Inc. – Engineering Building
- Barbados Community College
- Barbados Coast Guard
- Government Procurement Department
- Government Analytical Services
Electric Vehicles Pilot Project – The Project Execution Unit has procured eight (8) electric vehicles. The following government ministries and agencies are beneficiaries of the pilot:
Ocean Power Studies – The first study included the geo-referenced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps of the marine resources and current uses of the ocean space around the island. This study was completed in November 2015, producing a series of GIS maps featuring five datasets – (i) biophysical, (ii) jurisdictional, (iii) ecological, (iv) infrastructural and (v) space use – depicting Barbados’ used and unused ocean spaces. These included: coastal engineering structures, marine habitats, fishing grounds, recreational areas and turtle nesting sites. Also, an Ocean Energy Roadmap for Barbados was prepared by an IDB-funded Marine Energy Specialist, who reviewed various ocean energy technologies and their suitability for Barbados. Out of this research, it was recommended that Barbados focus on Ocean Thermal Technology (OTECH) and Offshore Wind.
Capacity Building, Institutional Strengthening – The Ministry has trained persons in various critical aspects required for the country’s new sustainable energy sector and hosted energy conferences and other educational events. These include:
- 2013: Solar Electric Design and Installation; Energy Management; Energy Efficient Transportation and Bio-fuels; and Wind Power.
- September 2017: climate-friendly urban transport development, in particular electric buses.
- 2017 – 2019: Utility Regulation Energy Pricing.
- March 2018: Energy Regulation at the VII World Forum on Energy Regulation.
- 2019: Barbados Energy Conference.
- 2019: Energy Expo.
Additionally, the Ministry is undertaking a comprehensive needs assessment to inform further capacity building, institutional strengthening and public education efforts.