Solar Market Outlook in Barbados
Barbados is emerging as a leader in the renewable energy industry in the Caribbean region. Due to the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters, this has driven the government and economic leaders to strive for a more diverse economy. Shifting to renewable energy sources is a viable solution to this, which is why the government is investing more in renewable energy and in promoting sustainability.
Despite Barbados being a small island, it has taken significant steps toward transitioning into renewable energy. It targets to achieve 100% renewable energy consumption by 2030. This is an ambitious target but the government has obtained loans to build solar PVs for both industrial and residential installations.
The country is also geographically advantaged to allow it to exploit natural sources for renewable energy, particularly solar and wind. With more than 8 hours of sunshine per day, it’s no reason why Barbados cannot generate adequate solar power.
Another motivation for the government to switch to renewable energy sources is the high costs of producing electricity with crude oil. By reducing spending on fossil fuel, the government aims for an improved overall economy.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Barbados
Barbados is a small country so there are a limited number of suppliers and distributors within the island. Thankfully, there are global suppliers that export solar power equipment for those unable to build their own.
Top 8 Major Seaports & Logistics in Barbados
Barbados is an island nation. This means that it is easily accessible by water and most of its logistics activity is done through its major seaports such as the Port of Bridgetown.
What is a Solar-Window(BIPV)?
Solar Windows are the most common type of BIPVs. Used all over the world in residential buildings, houses, and commercial units. Solar Windows transform any building into a green building. With these windows, the cost of energy is tremendously reduced. Most off-grid houses use Solar Windows for power production.
Where is a Solar-Window used?
Solar Windows get used instead of ordinary glass windows: High-rise apartment buildings, office spaces, off-grid homes, regular homes, and high-tech modern homes.
Advantages of Solar-Windows over glass windows
Solar Windows surve a multitude of purposes when installed. Here are some of the examples
- Beneficial for tall buildings where rooftop PV installation is not possible
- Solar Panels on the windows convert light into electricity
- They Insulate the interiors from harmful UV rays
- The acoustic of the interiors is maintained
- Large windows and skylights have illuminating effect on the interiors
- Any building with Solar Windows becomes a green eco friendly building
- Cost savings on Energy bills
- Best for off grid houses
- Lesser carbon emission due to the use of renewable sources of energy
- Improves the overall look of any building
How does a Solar-Window work?
Solar Windows work just like any other solar panel or cell. Instead of glass in the windows, Solar Panels are integrated. Angle and position of the solar panels within the window frame is decided by the location direction of the windows to get the maximum sun exposure.
Sunlight passes through the Solar Cells and Solar concentrators. Photons are induced in the cells releasing the letrones in the circuit to make the current flow. All the power get stored in the batteries for use with the inverters.
Big brand names in the Solar-Window market?
Solar Window manufacturers make Solar glass that is integrated into the normal window frames. Some big Solar Glass manufacturers in the USA are:
- Flabeg Technical Glass
- Abrisa Technologies
- Ditto Sales, Inc.
- S.I. Howard Glass Co., Inc.
- Pegasus Glass
- Sinclair Glass