PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia is now a lot closer to increasing its generation of electricity from renewable energy, with the formal publishing of Requests for Qualifications (RFQ`s) from ten suitable companies to design, build, finance, maintain and operate a waste to energy plant here on the island.
This is a milestone achievement in the country`s Sustainable Energy Programme, as the proposed waste to energy plant is forecast to generate between 1 – 3 megawatts of base load electricity at a competitive rate.
Additionally and more importantly, the waste to energy project will provide an environmentally responsible alternative for the existing landfill sites that are environmentally unsound and are near the end of their permitted capacity..
The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology is advancing this exciting project with support from the Carbon War Room who have commissioned and completed a Grid Integration Study for the project.
This study is important as it determines what capacity of renewable energy can be added onto the country`s electricity grid without compromising the reliability of the service.
The waste to energy developer will be selected through a competitive bidding process in accordance with the Laws of Saint Lucia.
The winning bidder will enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC), through which the electricity produced from the waste to energy plant will be delivered to LUCELEC for distribution on the national grid.
The project plans and updates were presented to the media at a press conference on Tuesday December 16, 2014.