The St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC), the sole electric power company on the beautiful island of St. Kitts, owns and operates the twin islands' second largest solar photovoltaic (PV) farm. The plant, rated at approximate 0.5 megawatts (MW), is located on roughly 100m by 183m of land on the outskirts of the capital city, Basseterre… Continue reading REdiscover: SKELEC’s First Solar PV Farm (St. Kitts)
The Barbados Light & Power (PL&P) 10 MW solar PV farm in Trents, St. Lucy is the Island's first utility-scale solar project. In 2014, the light and power company invited proposals for a solar photovoltaic system of up to 8 megawatts (MW) on an engineering, procurement and construction turnkey basis, for which over 40 bids… Continue reading Barbados’ First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm
Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), has set an ambitious renewable energy (RE) target of 10% of installed capacity by 2021. This equates to approximately 200 MW given the combined installed capacity of the two islands is over 2000 MW of natural gas based power generation. T&T is the only nation in the western hemisphere, and the second in the world, that generates 100%… Continue reading Weighing in on T&T’s 10% RE Target
The Jamaican electricity sector has seen its fair share of investment in renewable energy over the last two decades or so, to the tune of approximately US$360 million to be exact. Development to date: Jamaica has a long history of using its indigenous renewable sources of energy to generate electricity. This dates back as far as… Continue reading Jamaica’s RE Near Term Outlook
In 2013, WBR Enterprises Inc. was selected by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) via a competitive bidding process to develop a 20 Megawatts (MW) solar farm - the island's first utility-scale solar project. The project was the third lowest bid received, in response to the OUR's request to supply 115 MW of renewable generation, with a proposed price… Continue reading Jamaica’s First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm
The St Christopher Air, Sea and Ports Authority (SCASPA) solar farm is a 1.0 megawatt (MW) farm on the beautiful Island of St.Kitts. This farm, which is located just north of the runway at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, consist of approximately 3,500 photovoltaic panels that generates more than ample electricity for SCASPA operations, with… Continue reading St. Kitts’ First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm
The Worldwatch Institute in its recently published "Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap - Pathways to an Affordable, Reliable, Low-Emission Electricity System" revealed that Jamaica has a tremendous solar potential with global horizontal irradiance(or GHI) ranging from 5 to 7 kWh per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) throughout most of the country. According to the Institute some parts of Jamaica have an… Continue reading Jamaica’s Solar Potential for PV Application
In a previous article titled "Make Electricity while the Sun Shines" I gave a some insight into current PV technologies. In this article, however, I would like to look at the addition of a PV system to your home and thus a more detailed look at a solar PV energy system in its entirety. A… Continue reading Adding Solar PV to your Home – grid-tied or stand-alone?
Over the past couple of years I have listened to cries emanating from all sectors of the society to break the monopoly held by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) on the nation's electricity market. The Honorable Minister, himself, Phillip Paulwell, has echoed similar sentiments and has publicly underscored his intention to break up the monopoly -… Continue reading Solar PPA – the straw to break the supply monopoly
In one of my previous article – titled Solar Basics – I discussed briefly the enormity of the energy received from the sun globally. Jamaica receives approximately 5kWh/m2 of solar radiation per day or 1800 kWh/m2 annually and thus possesses a great potential for solar applications such as electricity generation, water heating, and crop drying.… Continue reading Jamaica’s PV market – can it strive with limited incentives?