UK, CDB to improve the energy network in Barbuda

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved a grant to reconstruct and rehabilitate the energy network in Barbuda. The project is being funded by the United Kingdom under its aid programme. The CDB-administered grant of GBP 2.85 million will finance the undergrounding of about half of the 16 kilometres electricity network of the island, and provide hybrid solar systems for backup power of key public buildings. About a quarter of the island’s 1000-strong population, who are still without permanent electricity, will also be reconnected.