Leclanché and Government of St. Kitts to build 35 MW solar generation plus storage project
Post date: 12/08/2019 - 15:22
The Government of the Caribbean island St. Kitts and Nevis, the state-owned St. Kitts Electric Company (SKELEC) and Suisse energy storage company Leclanché SA announced to build a solar generation plus energy storage project. The 35.6 MW solar energy plant and 44.2 MWh battery storage facility will be built on government provided land in the Basseterre Valley, adjacent to the City of Basseterre and the current SKELEC PowerStation on the island of St. Kitts. The system will provide between 25 to 30 percent of the nation's current power generation needs, while displacing the same amount of diesel-generated capacity.
Leclanché will serve as the prime engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the installation of both the PV system and battery energy storage system (BESS). According to Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, »this project marks the first time a megawatt-scale solar energy system, stabilized by a state-of-the art lithium battery energy storage system, can be utilized to provide true base load power for a utility on a Caribbean island.«
The government recently approved an allocation of land for the project site which will be provided under a lease between the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the project company. SKELEC and Leclanché have already entered into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Leclanché has established a St. Kitts special purpose vehicle (SPV) along with local partner Solrid, to fund, own and operate the facility. Once the energy generation and storage project is completed and delivered, Leclanché will be responsible for the management of all project operations, maintenance and equipment warranties.
Ground-breaking for the solar and energy storage project is scheduled for mid-October 2019 with an anticipated completion date of September 2020.