BENEFITS FOR BARBADOS
RSB makes the most of the island's plentiful solar resources by harvesting and storing energy from the sun, thereby reducing Barbados' dependence on fossil fuels.
RSB will reduce imports by 13 million liters of fuel per year representing 13.6 million BDS $/year (6.7 million US$/year).
RSB will replace energy that is produced using polluting Heavy Fuel Oil and Jet Fuel with energy that is clean, firm and renewable, through a project that is bankable
RSB will host a Barbadian Blackbelly sheep farm that produces both meat and skins while keeping the land fertile, active and well maintained.
The locally harvested meat will help to reduce the country’s high importation bill saving foreign exchange of over 1 million BDS $/year. The skin byproduct can also be used for leather production, an export industry that is set to take off in the near future.
RSB has reserved an area on their site for high-intensive agriculture which will allow climate-resilient greenhouse production of various types of vegetables.
clean AND STABLE ELECTRICITy
RSB does not emit any greenhouse or polluting gases: Its hydrogen storage system runs on the water cycle and only emits small amounts of pure water as steam.
RSB's hybrid system offers a stable, grid-friendly, renewable generation and storage solution that releases energy during the day and at night while minimising the use of Lithium batteries.
The facility will power 16 000 Barbadians with clean and stable electricity while reducing local CO2 emissions by 48 000 tons per year.
JOBS AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
RSB will create 150 jobs during construction activities, 10 jobs will be created to work at the sheep farm and 20 jobs for ongoing operations and maintenance. Local people will be trained with the necessary skills to fully operate in this hybrid solar renewable and hydrogen facility.
With the implementation of RSB's project, Barbados will become the front-runner in renewable energy innovation in the Caribbean.
RSB will be compliant with the latest guidance from experts in order to better withstand extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, lightning storms and earthquakes.
RSB will be generally self-sufficient, storing adequate water from both potable and rainwater sources water to allow for at minimum 6 days of continuous operation.
After 25 years of operation, both the solar panels and hydrogen storage technologies can be refitted for further generation cycles, with all used components being recycled.