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Giant solar and storage project to be built in the Caribbean



The largest solar generation plus storage project ever to be built in the Caribbean has been announced by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the state-owned St. Kitts Electric Company (SKELEC) and Leclanché, one of the world’s leading energy storage companies.
Giant solar and storage project to be built in the Caribbean
The fully-integrated system will consist of a 35.6 MW solar energy plant and a 44.2 MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage facility, and will provide as much as 25-30% of the country’s current power generation needs, whilst displacing an equivalent amount of diesel-generated capacity. The project is expected to provide the residents of the Caribbean twin-island federation with a reliable and renewable clean energy source with fixed cost savings compared to its current diesel-generated power system.

SKELEC and Leclanché have entered into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to fund the ongoing operation of the plant. “The cost of this project to St. Kitts and Nevis citizens is zero,” said Bryan Urban, Executive Vice President and Head of Leclanché Stationary Business Unit in a statement. “It is being fully paid-for over 20 years through the savings created by the switch to clean and reliable solar energy.”

Leclanché will serve as the prime engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the installation of both the solar photovoltaic (PV) system and battery energy storage system (BESS).

Commenting on the project, Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, said:

“This project marks the first time a megawatt-scale solar energy system, stabilised by a state-of-the-art lithium battery energy storage system can be utilised to provide a true “base load” power for a utility on a Caribbean island. It sends a strong signal to other Caribbean countries, and those around the world, that there is a cleaner, more cost-efficient and viable alternative to diesel power.”

Ground-breaking for the solar and energy storage project is scheduled for mid-October 2019 with an anticipated completion date of September 2020.

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