Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) Goes Solar

St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd.

Saint Lucia’s lone electricity supplier, LUCELEC, faced up to the challenge of expanding its power sources and reducing its dependency on oil. The company’s progress towards use of potential alternative power sources such as wind and solar energy has in the past been hindered by storage limitations and existing regulations.

Nonetheless, LUCELEC has embarked on a pilot project with Solar Saint Lucia Limited, whereby LUCELEC intends to use its grids to save solar energy harnessed by the company by means of grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems.

According to news coverage by Helen Television System (HTS) Saint Lucia, this ‘pilot project will target domestic households and is capable of harnessing as much as one (1) kilowatt of power while the average Saint Lucian household uses between 1 and 2 kilowatt of power.

Upon completion of this pilot project in August 2009, an assessment will be undertaken and a unanimous decision on the way forward will be made by the parties involved.