St. Lu­cia has big So­lar En­ergy Plans

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

By Dana Niland

Abig, new, green en­ergy pro­ject is in the works in Saint Lu­cia. Saint Lu­cia Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Lim­ited (LUCELEC) has is­sued a re­quest for pro­pos­als for com­pet­i­tive firms to sub­mit bids to de­velop an on-is­land three-megawatt so­lar pho­to­voltaic pro­ject (see above ac­com­pa­ny­ing story).

The so­lar plant 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.

“It is our ex­pec­ta­tion to com­mis­sion at least one megawatt of so­lar en­ergy by the end of this year,” said Trevor Louisy, LUCELEC Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor. “To­gether with the work that we have started on the pro­posed wind farm in Den­nery, we are mak­ing steady progress to­wards adding re­new­able en­ergy to our elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion mix.”

At full ca­pac­ity, the plant is an­tic­i­pated to pro­vide over five per­cent of the power gen­er­a­tion needs of the is­land.

“The so­lar in­stal­la­tion with LUCELEC will bring re­new­able en­ergy in­vest­ment from around the globe to Saint Lu­cia and set an ex­am­ple of how to scale re­new­able en­ergy so­lu­tions in the Caribbean,” said Justin Locke, Di­rec­tor for the Rocky Moun­tain In­sti­tute and Car­bon War Room.

LUCELEC is fund­ing the pro­ject, and will con­tinue to op­er­ate and man­age the plant af­ter its com­ple­tion in or­der to en­sure con­tin­ued grid sta­bil­ity.

- Caribbean Jour­nal

LUCELEC’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Trevor Louisy.

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