Aruba Partners BYD, Will Be Emissions-Free By 2020

A Dutch-administered  island off the coast of Venezuela occupied the headlines last week, as it sealed a deal with Chinese carmaker BYD to achieve zero-emissions in 7 years. In its ambitious attempt to be the first country to hold that distinction, Aruba has outlined 4 broad objectives in its energy master plan: sector-wide electrification of public transportation, significantly boosting power generation from solar and wind energies, on-demand transmission of electricity from energy storage systems,  and an education program for all schools. To help achieve these goals, BYD will be lending its expertise in green technology to the country.

Plans are afoot for a twofold increase in the number of windfarms on the island, and to have them run independently using BYD’s Iron-Phosphate grid-scale storage technology. Also in the pipelines are a number of BYD Solar generation projects that will operate in conjunction with the same battery Energy Storage Stations.

More importantly, the memorandum of understanding looks to solidify BYD’s position in the market for green technology. Do you agree? Does the project carry other significance? Share your views with us by leaving a comment below!

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