A Desktop Study of the Wind Resource in Barbados: Next Steps to Develop the Island’s Wind Sector

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This report outlines the results of a desktop study into the technical wind energy potential for the island of Barbados and suggests next steps for developing this resource. The key findings are as follows:
• Given the excellent resources on the island, utility-scale wind turbines are the cheapest way to generate electricity in Barbados. With economies-of-scale being most attractive for larger wind turbines and larger installed capacities.
• Seven potential wind zones are identified, yielding 64km2 of land available for utility-scale wind turbine deployment. It is recommended that these zones be considered for inclusion in the future Physical Development Plan.
• Hypothetically, there is enough land available in these zones for Barbados to generate nearly twice its current electricity demand solely from wind energy (472MW). Hohmeyer’s 2014 study of a 100% renewable Barbados required 200MW of wind.
• A review of current wind turbine planning consideration is required if this resource is to be effectively developed. Section 6.2 discusses suggested planning changes in a social, environmental and economic context.
• A detailed, investment-grade wind measurement campaign is required in order to identify suitable wind turbines, wind farm sites, provide accurate proof for financing, and to assist in the formation of attractive Feed-in Tariffs for wind. Working with overseas wind resource experts, the author has produced a detailed proposal for such a campaign, which includes developing local expertise for replicating wind measurement campaigns throughout the eastern Caribbean.
• There is a need to create a detailed wind strategy, whereby all wind sites are developed as one, thereby reducing duplication of resources and enabling optimum cost savings for the island’s population. The creation of a wind energy stakeholder group, involving Government, local communities and the utility will help ensure support at every level for the development of the island’s plentiful wind resource.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


  • Wind energy
  • Barbados
  • Resource assessment


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