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St Lu­cia Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Lim­ited (LUCELEC) has taken a his­tor­i­cal step in as­sist­ing with the de­sign of a vi­able en­ergy tran­si­tion strat­egy for the coun­try. The power com­pany is also get­ting ready to be­gin the process of con­struct­ing a 3.2-MW so­lar power plant.

On Thurs­day Jan­uary 14, LUCELEC signed an agree­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of an In­te­grated Re­source Plan (IRP) with the Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia. It will make pro­vi­sion for a team of in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tants from Car­bon War Room (CWR), Rocky Moun­tain In­sti­tute (RMI), Clin­ton Cli­mate Ini­tia­tive (CCI) and DNV GL, to as­sist both par­ties in de­sign­ing a vi­able en­ergy tran­si­tion strat­egy for Saint Lu­cia.

What this means is the team will de­velop a plan for how best Saint Lu­cia will be able to move its en­ergy sec­tor from where it is now to where it needs to be, to give ef­fect to the goals and ob­jec­tives of the Na­tional En­ergy Pol­icy.

The plan will de­ter­mine how best to in­te­grate the op­ti­mum mix of re­new­able en­er­gies into the na­tional en­ergy grid, at the least cost, with­out com­pro­mis­ing the sta­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity of the elec­tric­ity sys­tem. It will de­ter­mine what im­prove­ments need to be made to the elec­tric­ity in­fra­struc­ture (trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tems) on the is­land, and how best to en­sure that LUCELEC re­mains vi­able, given that the elec­tric­ity sys­tem un­der­pins Saint Lu­cia’s econ­omy. The process will also al­low for pub­lic in­put into the strat­egy.

In ad­di­tion, LUCELEC Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Trevor Louisy an­nounced the com­pany’s in­tent to is­sue a Re­quest for Pro­pos­als (RFP) for what will be its first ma­jor re­new­able en­ergy pro­ject on the ground, the con­struc­tion of a 3.2-MW so­lar farm to be lo­cated at La Tour­ney in Vieux Fort. The pro­ject will form part of a power com­plex the com­pany is propos­ing to de­velop.

The RFP will be cir­cu­lated in­ter­na­tion­ally and it is the com­pany’s hope that within the next sev­eral weeks a suc­cess­ful bid­der will be iden­ti­fied and a con­trac­tor in place by May this year. Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Louisy, the in­ten­tion is to have at least one megawatt of so­lar power com­mis­sioned by the end of this year, and then add the re­main­ing two megawatts sub­se­quently.

The RFP was de­vel­oped with the as­sis­tance of the Rocky Moun­tain In­sti­tute, Car­bon War Room and DNV GL through the Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia.

The sign­ing cer­e­mony and the an­nounce­ment on the so­lar power plant were done in the Con­fer­ence Room of the Min­istry of the Pub­lic Ser­vice.

L-R: Roy Tor­bert of the Rocky Moun­tain In­sti­tute, Min­is­ter of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, En­ergy, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Dr James Fletcher, and LUCELEC Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Trevor Louisy sign the In­te­grated Re­source Plan

in­tended to de­sign a vi­able en­ergy tran­si­tion strat­egy for Saint Lu­cia.

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