CleanTech Futures - Prosolar 246 Inc.

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Interview
Monday, March 8, 2021
The future of cleantech development and industry in Barbados is here! Meet the innovative incubatees of Bloom, the Barbados Cleantech Cluster. Discover their businesses, projects, personal stories and unique journeys in this interview series.*

Q: What’s your name and what’s your project/business?

A: My name Kyle John Albert, I’m the founder and managing director of Prosolar246 Inc. Prosolar246 is a renewable energy company, that specializes in solar and wind development for the residential and commercial sectors. We also provide high-quality battery storage systems and project development services for large-scale renewable energy projects.

Q: Tell us one thing you’re proud of since the inception of your project/business.

A: Through Prosolar246 Inc. I have the opportunity to empower our future with renewable energy. This would be my greatest success.

Q: Why did you choose to sign up for Bloom? How do you think it can help you?

A: During my discovery phase in the renewable sector, I was introduced to the Bloom Cleantech Cluster Program when a friend forwarded the newspaper ad to me. After carefully reviewing, I recognized that this could a major opportunity for my newly formed start-up company. Through Bloom I could potentially receive the necessary technical support, financial assistance and guidance that could allow me to secure the necessary resources to successfully launch my company.

Q: Is there anything you learned or gained so far, from participating in Bloom, that helped you to keep moving forward? How was that knowledge/experience/network/relationship helpful?

A: Programs such as Bloom are much needed for SME’s and our business development. Like any other new initiative, sometimes we have to learn while on the job but I’m confident, because of the strong networking which exists within the program and because of its leadership, that we will get this done. They are always engaging and listening, ready to apply change where necessary to help keep this program on track.

Q: What has been your most memorable experience in your cleantech journey?

A: For me, it was being accepted into this program. That’s the moment when I realised that my dream for this start up could be a reality. Sometimes you just have to trust the process. 

Q: What are the top challenges that you have faced? How are you dealing with these and what do you think could be helpful?

A: Capital and access to capital is one of the major problems faced by many Green SME’S. Based on my participation at the recent renewable energy conference CREF 2020, this seems to be the story throughout the Caribbean. Bloom has the opportunity to be that missing piece to this puzzle by creating the necessary supporting framework for new start-ups: this includes the right business development tools, necessary training and financial matchmaking services to help us find the right capital sources or potential investors so that we can achieve our goals.

Q: Where are you now on your journey to success? How have you grown?

A: This journey, so far, has taken me from a 10MW solar plant here in Barbados to traveling across the globe, as far as Germany, where I met with Enercon, one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers. There, I saw first-hand the full potential of a large scale wind farm and the possibilities for our island Barbados.

Q: What keeps you going?

A: My 2 year old daughter, Zaya Helena Daniel Albert! She is my biggest motivation. I have a chance to build and play a major role in helping to form a better future for her in this island. This absolutely keeps me going each and every day. Life changes you along the way and when you have a child it changes you again. In my story I’m always her hero and it’s up to me to live up to always being her hero. For me, generational success starts with the legacy I’m building.

Q: What does success look like for you?

A: Success for me is knowing Prosolar246 Inc. played a leading role in helping Barbados to achieve its goal of becoming a 100% renewable-energy island state by 2030 – “Empowering Our Future with Renewable Energy”

Q: What advice would you give to other aspiring cleantech innovators?

A: The road to success can be a long twisting journey and you must have faith that you can make. It is not going to be easy. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. It’s up to you to leave you mark on this world. It’s up to you to write your story and live your dreams.

* Bloom is a sustainable energy and climate technology (cleantech) cluster hosted by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC). It is being established in partnership with the Ministry of International Business and Industry (MIBI) and technical assistance by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Barbadian entrepreneurs have been limited in their ability to develop, plan, install and maintain new, green technologies. With a focus on sustainable energy technology innovation, industrial development and entrepreneurship, Bloom is building partnerships between the Barbados government, local businesses, citizens and the academic community. Through these partnerships, Bloom is positioned to help Barbadian cleantech projects and entrepreneurs flourish.

Learn more about Bloom by visiting https://bloomcluster.com