ST. PHILLIP: Solaris Energy Ltd. has opened the Caribbean’s newest renewable energy manufacturing facility.
The 8,000 square-foot factory in St. Phillip was officially opened by Senator Darcy Boyce, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados.
“This expanded and upgraded facility (is) helping this country get a little bit closer to realizing the vision of this administration for a dynamic and strong renewable energy sector,” said Boyce, who has responsibility for Telecommunications and Energy, Immigration and Invest Barbados.
Citing the need to get solar water heaters into the homes of income groups that generally do not have them, Boyce emphasized the importance of research and development and the marketing and financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency systems developed in the region.
“Solaris has already begun this work in research and development as attested by their introduction of new materials, new technology for heat conversion and more flexible sizing of systems,” he said.
Keith Scotland, Chairman of Solaris Energy’s Board of Directors, said the company’s vision is to provide affordable, renewable energy choices, and to show how collaboration between nations drives greater success.
“We at Solaris Energy are a combination of Bajan innovation and Trini drive and entrepreneurial skill,” he said. “This is a collaboration to which our group chairman, George Nicholas, remains committed to developing in order to be a model for CARICOM countries in how cooperation between entities of different Caribbean countries is essential to achieve a common goal.”
Solaris Energy Ltd. is based in Trinidad & Tobago and has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing solar energy products – mainly solar water heaters and photovoltaic systems. Its subsidiary, Solaris Global Energy, Ltd., is based in Barbados and is the successor company to Aqua Sol Components Limited, one of the three leading renewable energy manufacturing pioneers in the region.