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St. Kitts-Nevis Continues To Enhance Use Of Solar Energy


 Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy Lenrick Lake.



St. Kitts and Nevis continues to enhance its use of solar energy through the assistance of friendly governments and funding from regional projects.


One of the federation’s main solar energy partners is the Government of the Republic of China, and assistance has been garnered through participation in programs such as the Caribbean Renewable Energy Programme, a CARICOM project funded by the Government of Germany and the Global Environmental Facility.


Solar electricity generation has taken the renewable energy lead in St. Kitts because of its well-known technology and because of the financial support available for solar energy, says Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy Lenrick Lake.


 “The upfront cost is good, and fortunately, we have some funding agencies that are willing to work with us,”  he told The Observer.


Lake informed that the government  that it  is looking to expand its solar energy generation capabilities.   “We’ve been able to install a 1MW plant at the RLB International Airport, and we are looking to install, starting in December, another megawatt. We’ll do a half megawatt first in the east Basseterre valley, and then we would probably select a rural area for the other 0.5 megawatt.”


But while renewable energy sources are being promoted as a means of reducing the use of fossil fuels, SKELEC indicates that the amount of renewable energy it can place on its grid is limited.


Bertil Browne, SKELEC’s renewable energy and special projects engineer, explained that SKELEC recently completed a study using a US consulting firm, which has advised the company on the best mix of renewables on the St. Kitts grid.


“The company has been advised not to put more than 4.4MW of wind and solar combined on the grid, otherwise instability in electricity supply could occur,” he indicated.


Similarly with geothermal energy, the SKELEC special projects engineer said the maximum megawatts that could be accepted from this source would be the minimum base load that is usually experienced during a 24 hour period, or the lowest off-peak hours output.



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