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Press Release:-  Saint Lucia is making an important step towards achieving energy independence, greater energy supply reliability and sustainability, with construction of a 54kW solar photovoltaic (PV) carport system with electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

This solar carport facility with electric vehicle charging stations is being built at the Department of Infrastructure Ports and Energy parking lot in Union Castries.

Not only will the completed facility accommodate charging of electric vehicles but it will also importantly offset energy consumption of the Ministry`s headquarters, significantly reducing the amount of money expended by the state in electricity costs.

Public Utilities Officer, Mr. Kurt Inglis, says this project provides tangible evidence of the benefits of renewable energy.

This “first of its kind” project for Saint Lucia is being financed by the Italian Government through a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation in CARICOM member states.

Head of the Renewable Energy Division, Mr. Terrence Gilliard, says the initiative is an important investment towards achieving, amongst other things, Saint Lucia’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) target of 35% renewable energy penetration within Saint Lucia’s national energy mix by 2025.  

The facility is being constructed by local experts Gearing Up Limited, contracted through the National Competitive Bidding (NCB) procedures according to the Government of Saint Lucia’s procurement rules.

The Public Utilities Officer says the project is important in helping to secure a sustainable energy future for all.

The Solar Carport Facility consists of two charging stations, capable of charging four vehicles at once.

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour apologizes to members of the public visiting its Union Headquarters and the Transport Department for inconveniences which may be encountered during the construction phase.

The project is expected to be completed and commissioned by July 2019.

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  1. This is indeed great news. However, aiming towards 50% dependency on renewable energies by 2025 would be an even better goal to achieve.

  2. Unless the price of these cars come down, the large majority of our population will continue to drive fossil fuel cars. Imagine, an electric car battery costs approximately $15,000 (give or take).

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