Marsh Harbour Solarization Project Update


Following Hurricane Dorian, the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) committed to rebuild a much stronger and climate resilient infrastructural system/network in Abaco and its Cays. The intent was to build futuristically, with a view to bettering the Corporation’s ability to withstand future storms, heighten resiliency and quickly restore service. As part of this commitment, WSC has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the international non- governmental organization (NGO) Water Mission to design and construct a 120 kilowatt solar field for our Marsh Harbour wellfields and a 216 kilowatt solar field for our Marsh Harbour pumping station.

Works on both solar fields are progressing well despite many supply-chain and logistical challenges in the Abacos that arose post-Hurricane Dorian and due to the global impact of COVID 19. It is projected that the solar field (in the well field) will be commissioned by late October,
2020 and the solar field at the pumping station is projected to be completed at the end of the year.

When completed, these solar fields will substantially reduce WSC’s demand for Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) power supply in the Marsh Harbour area (though it will be utilized in tandem with the BPL grid supply and WSC will continue to maintain onsite standby generators to provide uninterrupted power supply—in the case of emergencies— for our Marsh Harbour operations).

We are pleased to collaborate with UNICEF and Water Mission. This project, which is estimated to cost $2.5 million dollars speaks to our continued efforts to develop first class infrastructure in Abaco and highlights our continued thrust to extend the water and sewerage network throughout the archipelago, moving our systems to first world standards and embracing alternative energy platforms. I extend our gratitude to our partners UNICEF and Water Mission for the excellent teamwork being undertaken in the design and execution of this project. WSC appreciates the understanding, patience and support of our valued customers in Abaco and the Cays as we work to rebuild stronger, more climate resilient water and sewerage systems.

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