LUCELEC ISSUES A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR A 3 MW SOLAR PARK
Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC), has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for competitive firms to submit bids to develop an on-island 3 MW solar PV project.
The 3 MW solar park will be located north of the Hewanorra International Airport at La Tourney, Vieux Fort and represents the first utility-scale solar PV project in Saint Lucia. The project is being funded by LUCELEC. Once online, the peak solar capacity is anticipated to provide over 5 percent of the power generation needs of the island, and will be managed by LUCELEC to ensure continued grid stability.
Earlier this month, LUCELEC and the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology announced their commitment to renewable energy at the National Energy Transition Strategy (NETS) signing ceremony.
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.
The RFP demonstrates quick progress and dedication by both parties toward achieving Saint Lucia’s energy goals.
Every CARICOM member state exhibits significant and largely unexploited potential for developing renewable energy resources. If fully developed, these resources could transform many states into net energy exporters.
The LUCELEC RFP solicits bids from Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) firms to design and build the solar park that will be owned and operated by LUCELEC. LUCELEC will provide the necessary sites and utility infrastructure for the project, and the RFP details the technical requirements. The RFP was developed with the assistance of Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), RMI-CWR, DNV GL and the Government of Saint Lucia.
CCI and RMI-CWR are neutral, objective, non-profit organizations with no special interests or preferred vendors. The team works with Caribbean partners to create an open, fair and competitive marketplace for renewables.
The RFP and all associated documents may be downloaded at https://www.lucelec.com/ content/lucelec-3-mw-solarpv-rfp
The St. Lucia Water Reserve Management Authority (WRMA) says 2015 was the driest year for the country in almost four decades. And farmers and other residents are being advised to plan water conservation methods in preparation for another prolonged dry spell.
Water Resource Management Authority Officer Fitzgerald John says the dry climate has had a significant impact on water levels throughout the island.
“Judging from the data we have at the WRMA, and the MET Services, the rainfall data for Union, George FL Charles and Hewanorra Airport showed that 2015 was the driest year that we’ve had on record for the past 40 years. Also, the SPI [Standardized Precipitation Index], which is the standard index used to calculate drought, indicates that [rainfall is] below average,” he said.
“So leading up to the dry season [which started December 1], St. Lucia actually went into the dry season with a rainfall deficit.”
A prolonged dry spell has been predicted for 2016. As a result, farmers are being urged to take initiative to ensure that they are prepared.
“We are looking at planting resistant crops, digging drainage at the correct height and length, and rainwater harvesting,” John said.
The World Meteorological Organization recently said 2015 was the warmest year on record since 1880.
Even with the launch of the John Compton Dam Rehabilitation project last year, which is expected to help alleviate acute water shortages, Saint Lucians are being urged to brace themselves
for severe dry spells and water shortages in 2016.