The St. Lucia Electricity Company LUCELEC, intends to build the island’s first solar plant near the Hewanorra International Airport at La Tourney, Vieux Fort. This represents the first utility-scale solar PV project in Saint Lucia.
By the end of 2016, LUCELEC intends to have at least one megawatt of energy output from this power station and in the longer term cover at least five percent of the island’s electricity needs. Work is also being done on a wind farm in the community of Dennery, which will further reduce the island’s reliance on fuel generated electricity and move Saint Lucia into more sustainable renewable energy grounds.
While LUCELEC will maintain ownership and the operational responsibility of the Solar plant, the Requests For Proposals have gone out, soliciting bids from Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) firms to design and build the solar plant. LUCELEC will provide the necessary sites and utility infrastructure for the project and will continue to operate and manage the plant after its completion, in order to ensure continued grid stability.