St Kitts and Nevis to construct $70 million solar energy plant

The 70 million dollars micro-grid project, will be built by Leclanché on 100 acres of crown land located in the Royal Basseterre Valley National Park utilizing a lease agreement. The plant will be constructed close to the SKELEC’s Power Station to facilitate the cost-effective transfer of energy.
The 70 million dollars micro-grid project, will be built by Leclanché on 100 acres of crown land located in the Royal Basseterre Valley National Park utilizing a lease agreement. The plant will be constructed close to the SKELEC’s Power Station to facilitate the cost-effective transfer of energy.

St Kitts and Nevis: The ground-breaking formal function of the Basseterre Valley Solar and Storage Project for a 35-megawatt solar energy plant and the 45 megawatt-hour battery storage plant, was observed on Thursday, December 10, creating the institution of the largest solar plant in the whole Caribbean region one step closer to being understood.

The Federal Government, jointly with The St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited (SKELEC), endorsed a memorandum of understanding with Leclanché SA – one of the world’s preeminent energy storehouse firms based in Switzerland – in September 2019 to build the largest solar production and energy storage plant in the Caribbean.

Chief Executive Officer of Leclanché, Anil Srivastava, who tied the function virtually told St Kitts and Nevis is on the correct path to heightening clean and green energy and remarked that he is genuinely overwhelmed to be a member of such initiative. 

“Today is the day while St Kitts and Nevis is leapfrogging to the clean and green energy tomorrow. We are here to rejoice the ground-breaking of the origin of the development of the project. We are additionally here in many steps to set an example of what an immeasurable public and private partnership should be regarding,” stated Srivastava. “It is likewise a day to celebrate St Kitts and Nevis’ leapfrog to clean energy and ensure a clean energy future.”

Rajnesh (Raj) Walia, Solrid Ltd. Director, who also participated virtually stated that St Kitts and Nevis is a leader in innovation.

“St Kitts and Nevis is the most superior, forward-thinking, and at the vanguard of embracing new progression of technology in the Caribbean. St Kitts and Nevis set examples to the rest of the world and the Caribbean with the largest innovative infrastructure and economic initiatives,” asserted Walia. “Besides a continuation of the leadership initiatives, we are now, observing the ground-breaking of the largest solar and battery storage plant in the Caribbean as Solec Power Ltd.”

Leclanché will build the 70 million dollars micro-grid plan in partnership with the St Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC) and the Government of St Kitts and Nevis. Solrid and Solec Power Ltd likewise design part of the vital project.

According to Walia, Solid Ltd., a St. Kitts-based firm will be the overall constructor of the Project and “will guarantee that all the jobs generated, heavy equipment specifications and construction supply needs are achieved and sourced locally. This project is for the people of St Kitts and Nevis and its nationals will work on this project,” he continued.

The solar energy plant and the megawatt-hour battery storage plant will be developed on 100 acres of crown land settled in the Royal Basseterre Valley National Park appropriating a land lease agreement. The plant will be built near to the SKELEC’s Power Station to expedite the cost-effective transferal of energy. The development of solar energy plants is part of the Government’s sustainable development plan to commit to the decrease of greenhouse gas emanations.