In an effort to further promote the use of renewable energy in St. Lucia, government has moved to install photovoltaic systems at the National Mental Wellness Centre (NMWC) and the headquarters of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).
This is in keeping with its promise to transition to 35 percent renewable energy for electricity generation by 2020 and reduce electricity consumption in the public sector by 20 percent by 2020.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Sylvester Clauzel, has said that this move is testimony to the fact that Saint Lucia is taking huge steps to increase, not only renewable energy, but to ensure that the use of photovoltaic energy is expanded across the island.
Both systems have been inspected by LUCELEC and are expected to receive certification and/or approval before it is finally connected to the grid.
In 2014, Saint Lucia joined the Ten Island Challenge, a programme to accelerate the renewable energy transition in the Caribbean.
This is an initiative of Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, a global incubator for clean energy entrepreneurship and the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Through this programme, solar photovoltaic panels are also expected to be installed to Saint Lucia’s Governor General’s residence, which is located at Morne Fortune on the outskirts of the capital Castries.