Solar-storage Combo Makes Waves in Caribbean

Solar-storage combo makes waves in Caribbean


Leclanche has been awarded a contract to supply what will be the largest solar-plus-storage project in the Caribbean islands.


The 35.6MW solar plant and 44.2 megawatt hour battery storage facility will serve energy consumers on the twin islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis.


The project will be built in the Basseterre Valley, adjacent to the City of Basseterre on Saint Kitts.


Ground-breaking is scheduled for mid-October 2019 with an anticipated completion date of September 2020.


Leclanche will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the installation of both the solar plant and battery energy storage system.


When operational the solar-plus-storage plant will be the first asset of is kind to provide base load power for a utility on a Caribbean island.


The system will provide between 25-30% of the nation’s current power generation needs, while displacing the same amount of diesel-generated capacity.


Saint Kitts and Nevis Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development and Transport, Ian Patches Liburd said: “We are set to embark on this vital solar-plus-storage project as a key part of our renewable energy thrust that is critical to the future development of our country.


The government recently approved an allocation of land for the project site which will be provided under a lease between the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the project company.


Saint Kitts Electric Company (SKELEC) and Leclanche have already entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement.


Patches Liburd said: “The expected fuel avoidance cost from the installation of the solar farm will not only be beneficial to the energy demand of the Federation but represents that most viable option for securing SKELEC’s financial future.”


Leclanche chief executive Anil Srivastava said: “We want to thank Prime Minister Timothy Harris, Public Infrastructure Minister Liburd, the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis, and the SKELEC board and executive team for their tremendous vision, cooperation and efforts in support of this exciting project.”


Leclanche has established a Saint Kitts special purpose vehicle along with local partner Solrid, to fund, own and operate the facility.


Leclanche will be responsible for the management of all project operations, maintenance and equipment warranties.