Solar Power Project in Roatan Breaking Up

On December 29th, 2011 ONYX Service & Solutions Inc. (Greenwood Village, Colorado, U.S.) announced a new plan to break up its 22 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project on the island of Roatan, Honduras, into several small PV plants.

The company cites the older electricity distribution system on the island as a factor in the formulation of this plan. ONYX states that it plans to use a repository system for the larger PV plants and may decide to utilize its new “Plug-N-Play” PV module for smaller output areas.

“There has been abundant discussions about addressing the distribution system issue,” stated ONYX President Malcolm Burleson. “The fact that solar can be downsized all the way to a single panel, plus our access to superior energy storage options, gives us great latitude in distribution.”

“It certainly eliminates many standard distribution factors, especially any need for large and costly transmission stations.”

ONYX states that the project in Roatan is part of its larger strategy to build PV plants in areas currently served by diesel generation, such as the island of Roatan, instead of pursuing markets supported by government subsidies.

The company has focused primarily on Latin America and the Caribbean, however, it is also investigating India and the Philippines.

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