Trinidad & Tobago looking into glass, solar panel plant

The Government of Trinidad & Tobago is exploring the possibility of establishing a facility to produce glass and photovoltaic or solar cells, used to convert sunlight energy into electricity.
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The Government of Trinidad & Tobago is exploring the possibility of establishing a facility to produce glass and photovoltaic or solar cells, used to convert sunlight energy into electricity. According to Energy Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, the People“s Partnership Government was looking at importing silica from Guyana to provide raw material for the glass and PV cell plant. Ms. Seepersad-Bachan was speaking earlier this week at a BG luncheon, hosted by energy company BG Trinidad and Tobago, in partnership with State bank First Citizens, at the Hilton Trinidad in Port of Spain. Seepersad-Bachan said the project could cost around USD 2.5 billion. There is a huge export market for PV systems, solar and wind power systems, she said, adding it was critical the country moves towards energy efficiency. In the national budget communicated on 8 September, Finance Minister Winston Dookeran said that the Government would explore the development of alternative energy such as solar and wind energy and explore the prospect of developing a regional effort for the long-term sustainability of the country“s energy supply. Seepersad-Bachan added that the Government was also reintroducing the Petroleum Pricing Committee to ensure there was a system of transparency in the determination of energy prices, which will be reintroduced after consultation with the Finance Minister.