Agreement signed for 900-kilowatt solar panel structure at stadium
Updated: Feb 8, 2018
February 7, 2018 Chester Robards NASSAU GUARDIAN ARTICLE:
A design team is at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium beginning the initial steps that will see the stadium receive a portion of its power from a 900-kilowatt solar panel set-up, constructed as a cover over parking spaces at the stadium. An agreement between the winner of the bid to set up the solar structure and the National Stadium Authority (NSA) was signed last Thursday.
The $4 million project is being funded through a grant by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency, which is headquartered in the UAE.
Press Secretary Anthony Newbold explained during a recent briefing that the structure supporting the solar panels will be able to withstand 200 mph winds.
“The contractor and design team are presently on the site looking to begin to make that happen,” said Newbold.
According to Environmental Scientist at the Ministry of the Environment and Housing Dr. Rhianna Neely, the solar panel structure will cover the parking spaces of the entire western parking lot.
She added that the solar set-up will not utilize battery storage, but will feed power directly to the stadium. Neely added that six electric vehicle charging stations will be added to the structure.
According to Neely, 900 kilowatts is a “big step forward for the stadium itself”, one that will help the NSA to slash its electricity bill significantly.
The Minnis administration has promised to put a focus on building the country’s renewable energy capacity.