Solar farm to reduce costs to consumers

The symbolic sod turning was done to mark the commencement of the project on Thursday (8thJanuary), which understands will take approximately three months to complete. 

Public Relations Officer of SKELEC, Gawain Fraites, explained that the new initiative is a 500KW project, which is expected to boost the power company’s capacity to provide steady energy to citizens.

The solar farm project is part of government’s thrust of going green, Fraites noted.

The Republic of China on Taiwan assisted the St. Kitts-Nevis Government in funding the project, but Fraites was not able to give an exact figure of how much the Taiwanese donated.

Taiwanese firm Speed Tech will carry out the project of setting up the farm and installing all the necessary equipment before it is handed over to the local electricity company.

“When the project is completed, it would be handed over to SKELEC for operation… that is SKELEC will be operating it.” 

However, the 500KW project is expected to bring significant benefits in the operating cost to the company, said Fraites.

“It would benefit SKELEC in two ways, in that half a megawatt would be produced per hour. That half a megawatt per hour means that it would consume less oil… and that’s a benefit to SKELEC… We would purchase less diesel to run our generators,” Fraites informed.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Lenrick Lake, reiterated that the project is part of government’s drive to bring the island on a path of going green.

The new solar farm reflects one of the renewable energy policies for the island.

“We have an energy policy that speaks to our ability to bring renewable energy, as our main form of energy and how we should bring it on line,” said Lake.        

Further, he disclosed that they undertook several demonstration projects that focused on renewable energy, before “conceptualizing the solar farm” for SKELEC.


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