Electricity supply

General information and contact numbers for the Barbados Light & Power Company (BLPC).

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There is a single supplier of electricity on the Island: Barbados Light & Power ("BLPC").

As they have a mononpoly, the BLPC is regulated by the Fair Trading Commission, and any price adjustments made by the BLPC require the prior approval of the Commission.

Foreign nationals (except permanent residents) [1] are required to pay a security deposit of approximately BBD $500, but the exact amount depends on the breaker size and/or historical usage levels at the property.

If you do not have a local bank account in Barbados, the main way to pay your electricity bills is via SurePay. You would need to visit an ATM in Barbados [2] and withdraw the amount you need to pay, and visit any SurePay location in Barbados to pay your electricity bill using your assigned account number.

To sign up for electricity service as a tenant, you will need a permission letter signed by your landlord.

[1] BLPC may also request a security deposit from a Barbadian citizen or permanent resident if their electricity account is, or has been, delinquent.

[2] You may be charged a fee by your bank for withdrawing cash at an ATM in Barbados.

Frequently asked questions

What is the electrical voltage in Barbados?

Barbados operates on a 115v supply voltage at a frequency of 50 Hz, and uses the same plug sockets as North America (types A and B).

If you have an appliance from North America, it should work in Barbados as is.

For an appliance from the United Kingdom or the European Union, you just need an adapter if that appliance can operate at 115v. This applies to most computers and smartphones.

Note: If you need to buy an adapter, make sure it supports the maximum wattage of your appliance. Always check the voltage rating of an appliance before you use it. Some appliances may not function normally or safely in Barbados if they are only designed to operate at 60 Hz.

I have a power outage. Who do I contact?

Please call the Barbados Light & Power Company at +1 (246) 626-9000.

If you are staying in a hotel or Airbnb, reach out to your reception team or host for general assistance.

In the event a power outage has created or is about to create a life threatening emergency, call the emergency services.