The government of St Kitts and Nevis islands announced construction of the largest solar power plant in the Caribbean with a total capacity of 35.6 MW along with a 44.2 MWh energy storage system on lithium‐ion batteries. This project is expected to satisfy 25-30 per cent of the country’s power needs.
A land plot in the Basseterre Valley, St Kitts, has already been provided for housing the solar plant. The project will be owned by the state-owned St Kitts Electric Company (SKELEC). Swiss energy storage firm Leclanché will serve as the main contractor for the construction of the solar PV system and will be an owner of the energy storage system. The companies have signed a 20-year agreement under which the state-owned enterprise will guaranteedly purchase electricity for the population. According to expert estimates, this solar plant will allow to substantially reduce the islands’ costs for diesel, imported there for production of electricity.
The project’s construction will take up to 1 year – from October 2019 to September 2020. When launched, Leclanché will be responsible for its maintenance and equipment warranties for the entire period of 20 years.
According to the government of St Kitts and Nevis, switch to renewable energy will support the Caribbeans’ image as a clean and more sustainable environment that will be more attractive for tourists.