Solar panels installed at NEMO and NMWC

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Solar panels installed at NEMO and NMWC
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Solar photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of a building.

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.

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  1. long as the cost of renewable energy is higher then the one produced by (cheap) oil it not make much sense for poor countrys.

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  2. While I applaud this tiny footstep in the right direction, it is about time our government(red or yellow) puts in place a real energy policy. Every commercial building built going forward should be required to have solar cells, every private dwelling constructed going forward should be given rebates for having solar cells. There is no reason why we can't have a long term policy to have St.Lucia at least 75-80% dependent on renewable energy within 30 years. Such a bold policy would place us as a leader in sustainable energy use and environmental protection, as well as creating a new industry, providing employment and a new tax base. And don't tell me it is to grand an idea for our little Helen. Come on St.Lucia!!!

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    • There are many St. Lucians like myself who share your vision. The lack of will and some extent vision by the authorities is the main hurdle at the moment. Hopefully this will be cleared soon.
      As regards PV systems consider the challenges that LUCELEC would be faced with if 80% of homes didn't pay a electricity bill. The majority of saints Lucians would benefit but LUCELEC wouldn't given their current business model. Yet another hurdle?

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