Following the news this morning [Sept 18] that Sol Invictus Holdings Ltd. has unveiled proposed plans for a solar panel system to be installed at the airport, Bermuda Engineering Company Ltd. confirmed that they submitted a proposal to construct a utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plant on the airport finger in November 2008.
The Company said that at that time they were informed the land was not available for solar development, and since that time, the entire solar industry in Bermuda, some half dozen companies, have patiently waited for an opportunity to submit their proposals for the airport peninsula, which has the potential to become Bermuda’s largest solar photovoltaic installation.
Travis Burland, Chief Engineer for Bermuda Engineering Company Ltd. said: “It is great to see the airport finger is apparently now available for solar development, though it is important to note that the costs of solar technology already vary significantly between local companies, and a large scale system is unlikely to be any different.
“As this site offers Bermuda’s one and only chance for a solar generation system of this size, it is of the utmost importance that all local companies are given a chance to bid on this project.
“Failure to allow competitive bidding will almost certainly result in the public paying millions of dollars more than necessary for electricity over the next few decades.”
Mr. Burland continued: “In light of this development, we will be amending and re-submitting our original proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy for consideration.
“Unfortunately without formal guidance, we are somewhat unclear as to what criteria proposals will be evaluated upon and what constraints must be addressed in the proposal. To this end, we hope to meet with Government in the near future to discuss this matter in more detail.”
Bermuda Engineering has developed and submitted a range of proposals for various large scale renewable energy/electricity generation projects over the past decade, including:
- Solar Photovoltaic
- Offshore Wind
- Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
- Combined Heat and Power
Bermuda Engineering Company Ltd. is a fourth-generation Bermudian company founded in 1935, and is dedicated to providing affordable ways for people to reduce their electricity bills by improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy systems.
In January 2010, Bermuda Engineering recommended to Government, and Bermuda First, that a new Green Industry should be considered as Bermuda has great potential to be a showcase to the rest of the world utilizing renewable energy.
A BELCO spokesperson said: “BELCO has stated that we consider ‘the finger’ to be the best potential site for a large-scale solar energy installation in Bermuda. We would certainly support Government issuing a Request for Proposals to develop the site and would be pleased to work with the vendor that wins the contract.”
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