Published On: Mon, Mar 17th, 2014

Central Bank switches to solar panels

Central BankWILLEMSTAD - The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) has launched a sustainability project. Their electricity will be largely generated by solar panels. The panels must provide the building with a megawatt (1 MW) power, which should lower the consumption by 50 to 60 percent.

The project is divided into two phases. The first phase consists of the installation of a 715 kW solar installation at the main building in Scharloo, with about 300 kW generated by solar panels on the building of the Bank and about 400 kW by solar panels on the upper ground behind the bank building. The panels which should generate the remaining 285 kW will be placed in a second phase.

The bank has started with the cleaning of the site where the panels will be mounted. The native plantings should thereby be preserved as much as possible or moved. If not possible, then new plan will be planted. The nature organization Carmabi will assist the CBCS with advice in the implementation of the program. Earlier, the bank switched to LED lighting, energy filters on large machines, energy efficient chillers for air conditioners and for the construction of the building, they chose tinted glass and blackout blinds for the windows to decrease sun rays. Also, the condensed water from the air-conditioning plant is collected and then used to irrigate gardens.

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