With all the doom and gloom in the air about the state of the global environment, it’s worth remembering that the solutions to the climate crisis are well within reach—even for small island states like St. Lucia.
Thanks to critical support from the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Caribbean nation upgraded a solar farm operated by St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) to a 3 mW utility-scale facility.
St. Lucia has operated an integrated rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system and the $20 million farm promises to greatly enhance the already successful program.
Utilizing some 15,000 PV panels, the facility will generate approsimately 7 million kWhs per year, about 5 percent of the country’s peak electricity demand. Just as importantly, the enhanced system will save nearly 300,000 gallons of Diesel per year.
St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told reporters at an opening ceremony attended by former US President Bill Clinton that the project represents a new path for his country and one that he hopes to see replicated in the future.
“We remain very optimistic about the future of the development of the electricity sector and as a government, we are committed to projects such as these which are the key to facing the climate challenge that small islands like ours face,” he said. “I congratulate LUCELEC on spearheading this project and we continue to be thankful for the support of the Rocky Mountain Institute and all who were involved in its successful implementation.”