COLLABORATION POWERS RENEWABLE ENERGY IN ST. LUCIA
Written by GRENLEC on July 24, 2018
St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) and the Government of St. Lucia have partnered to increase renewable energy generation and build the nation’s first utility-scale 3 megawatt (MW) solar plant. The solar plant will generate approximately 1.3% of annual electricity demand in St. Lucia.
The project demonstrates what can be accomplished when utilities, government, and other stakeholders work together to achieve mutual goals for a sustainable energy future.
Since 2016, the Government of St. Lucia and LUCELEC—the nation’s sole electric utility—have worked collaboratively to develop and act on a joint National Energy Transition Strategy. Their goal is to reform the energy sector, increase renewable energy generation, contain electricity costs, maintain reliability, and reduce dependence on fuel imports.
St. Lucia’s collaborative approach to increasing renewable energy cost-effectively provides a model for other small island states. In fact, Grenada was on a similar path to energy sector reform with Grenlec and the Government working with independent external advisors, including the U.S. sponsored Caribbean Energy Security Initiative, and more recently with Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR). …READ FULL BLOG