As part of the three-year, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded, BRIDGE program in the Caribbean, Arizona State University (ASU) conducted a solar photovoltaic (PV) workshop in Barbados on August 24 -26, 2015. The intensive 3-day workshop was specifically targeted towards code and building inspectors from government agencies, utilities and other private and public organizations and educational institutions in Barbados. The workshop was designed to provide the audience with the knowledge and international best practices related to electrical and building codes for solar PV systems. Twenty three participants attended the workshop which was comprised of an array of modules on technical topics, laboratory exercises and field trips. ASU’s partner organization in Barbados, the University of the West Indies, hosted the event on its Cave Hill campus.
“ASU, together with its program partners, have been educating faculty, students and technical professionals from Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago on solar PV technologies as well as energy auditing in the last 12 months.” explained Project Manager and Co-PI Bülent Bicer. “However, there is a major need to enhance the knowledge and tools of officials to confidently inspect and evaluate solar PV installations in Barbados and elsewhere. This training was the first of its kind in the Caribbean and very well received by all attendees.”
The event included best practices for the installation, operation and maintenance of solar PV systems based on the US National Electric Code (NEC) and available local electrical and building codes for solar PV.