CASTRIES, Saint Lucia – Former United States President Bill Clinton, Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, and José María Figueres, former president of Costa Rica, will participate in the official opening ceremony today of the 3 megawatt (MW) solar farm of the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) in La Tourney, Vieux Fort.
The EC$20 million renewable energy project, located north of Hewanorra International airport, is funded, owned and operated by LUCELEC. Its nearly 15,000 panels will generate approximately 7 million kWhs (or units) of electricity per year.
Construction of the solar farm began in November 201. It began feeding the grid in April this year when the entire 3 MW of power came online.
The preliminary work on the project, including the work done by the Clinton Foundation and Rocky Mountain Institute, has been made possible by the support of donors, including the United Nations Development Program, the Global Environment Facility, and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.