- St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has signed an agreement with GRUPOTEC to develop a 3 MW solar farm
- It will be the first utility-scale renewable energy project for Saint Lucia
- GRUPOTEC will offer EPC services for the project construction on which is scheduled to begin in September 2017
- The project is supported by the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR), along-side global energy and engineering advisory firm DNV GL
Eastern Caribbean island Saint Lucia will be developing a 3 MW solar farm using 14,900 PV panels. It will be the island nation’s first utility-scale renewable energy project. As of now, 99% of its power comes from diesel powered generators.
A contract was signed between St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) with GRUPOTEC, which will be providing its EPC services for the project located north of the Hewanorra International Airport at La Tourney, Vieux Fort.
Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of September 2017 and end by spring 2018. Once operational, the solar farm is expected to generate clean power equivalent to the electricity generated used by nearly 3,500 homes.
The project enjoys technical support, including project development, bid evaluation and contract negotiations from non-profit partners Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR), along-side global energy and engineering advisory firm DNV GL.
“We see this as the first major practical step in Saint Lucia’s energy transition process towards a more secure and sustainable energy supply, and LUCELEC is pleased to help make that happen,” said LUCELEC’s Managing Director Trevor Louisy.
The country recently developed its National Energy Transition Strategy.