Gov’t moves forward with energy-efficient lighting project; bids now open

Gov’t moves forward with energy-efficient lighting project; bids now open

The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology said it is taking giant steps to reduce energy consumption in the public sector through the installation of energy-efficient lighting in suitable public buildings.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) is funding the Sustainable Energy in Saint Lucia: from Concept to Action Project which is aimed at advancing sustainable energy on the island.

One component of this project is to replace the more costly incandescent lights with Light Emitting Diode or LED lighting.

Head of the Energy, Science and Technology Unit in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Judith Ephraim, said the project is an important component of the national approach to make Saint Lucia more energy-efficient and reduce the amount of money spent on electricity consumption.

She said: “The government of Saint Lucia has announced its intention to reduce energy consumption in the public sector by 20 percent by the year 2020. To assist in this regard, funding has been received from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to support sustainable energy and a major component of this is the retrofit of suitable public buildings with LED lighting.”

“This project will present significant benefits to the entire country as LED lighting is very energy efficient and it is longer-lasting. This means that government will spend less on electricity and the money saved can then be channelled to other areas to improve our standard of living. The government of Saint Lucia is extremely thankful to the Taiwanese government for its support and investment in this very important initiative.”

As part of the project’s first phase, locally-registered companies are being invited to bid for the procurement of 500 LED tube lights at the Tissue Culture Laboratory of the Union Orchid Garden.

Ephraim said the bidding process will be conducted in a transparent manner which is in accordance with the laws of Saint Lucia.

She explained: “Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding (NCB) procedures according to the government of Saint Lucia’s procurement rules. The bidder must have experience in the field of supply of goods similar to the goods in the bid for a period of at least one year prior to the deadline for bid submission. ”

“This is a very important project in our ministry’s Strategic Work Programme, and it’s a project that will help shape the future of energy consumption in Saint Lucia, so the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders.”

All bids are to be addressed and hand delivered to: The Secretary, Departmental Tenders Board, Ministry of Sustainable Development Energy Science and Technology, Hewanorra House, Trou Garnier, Castries.

Bids shall be properly sealed in an envelope which must be marked Bids for Procurement of LED tube light.

They must be delivered on or before October 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (1200 hours) and shall be valid for a period of 90 days after bid submission.


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  1. That is the way to go. Barbados is giving incentives to businesses that follow that trend maybe it is something we too can adopt.


  2. I guess this item of news isn't sexy enough to merit coverage by the local main stream media!!


  3. Please do not use blue rich LED lighting (also known as cold white or high colour tempterature lighting). This is because research suggests that exposure to blue rich lighting at night may be bad for human health (as it is more like daylight)and may increase the risk of some forms of cancer. Research also shows that it is bad for ecology for the same sort of reasons. It can harm human or animal circadian rhythms.


  4. Yes, great idea. Save money by using efficient lighting, and also limit light pollution.

    The Caribbean enjoys some of the best night skies in the world - it's something that can be enjoyed for free if people use the right lighting on their homes/businesses/street lighting. And it can save money!


  5. This is exactly where St Lucia needs to be headed,energy efficency and new technology - great project with huge potential,I hope it is successful!!!! Kudos


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