Authorities of St. Kitts and Nevis, SKELEC and Leclanché Begin Building of Caribbean’s Largest Solar Era and Storage System

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– The innovative, fully integrated solar photovoltaic generation and the energy storage system for lithium-ion batteries displace 30-35% of the island’s base-load electricity generated with diesel

– Sustainable microgrid system to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 740,000 tons in 20 years

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis and YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland, December 10, 2020 / PRNewswire / – The government of St. Kitts and NevisThe state-owned St. Kitts Electric Company (SKELEC) and Leclanché SA (SIX: LECN) today laid the foundation stone for a groundbreaking solar generation and storage project that generates between 30 and 35% of the capacity St. Kitts Base load energy requirements for the next 20 to 25 years while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 740,000 tons.

The $ 70 million The microgrid project will be built by Leclanché, one of the world’s leading energy storage companies, which will act as prime contractor for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC). Leclanché will offer a turnkey Solar Plus storage solution together with its main subcontractor Grupotec, headquartered in Keyline Valencia, Spain, an experienced engineering and construction company and a leader in the field of photovoltaics. Leclanché will own and operate the plant as part of its strategic development, through its subsidiary SOLEC Power Ltd with partner Solrid Ltd.

Construction and commissioning will take around 18 months. The project consists of a fully integrated 35.7 MW photovoltaic system (solar field) and a lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) with 14.8 MW / 45.7 MWh using the software developed by Leclanché for energy management systems. After completion, the St. Kitts Project will be the largest solar and energy storage system in the Caribbean and a model for other island states around the world. In its first year of operation, the system will generate around 61,300 MWh of electricity with a reduction in CO2 emissions of 41,500 tons.

“Today’s groundbreaking is a major milestone for our citizens, the tourism industry, our broader business community, and indeed for all Caribbean Region, despite the delays caused by COVID-19, “said Dr. Honorable Timothy Harris, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime minister. “This visionary project will help secure our energy independence, guarantee long-term price stability and reduce our dependence on diesel fuel.”

“The amount of carbon dioxide emissions we will reduce – nearly three quarters of a million tons in 20 years – is important evidence of our strict policy for clean, renewable energy. We invite ours Caribbean Neighbors – and island communities around the world – are considering working with us to create a sustainable energy future for our children and future generations, “said Harris.

Very beneficial use of state-owned land:
The project will be implemented St. Kitts’ Basseterre Valley on 102 acres of state-owned land adjacent to the current SKELEC power plant and adjacent to the thriving capital Basseterre, the heart of the country’s economic region.

The land that was once used for sugar cane production but has been vacant for years has been leased to the Leclanché government St. Kitts and Nevis as part of a 20-year contract with an automatic extension for five years. The environmental impact assessment and geotechnical analysis were successfully completed in 2019. This shows that the renewable energy project will have a positive impact on the Basseterre Valley.

Novel “No Capital Outlay” agreement with St. Kitts
“SKELEC has been working closely with Leclanché for almost two years to develop a state-of-the-art and highly sustainable system for generating and storing energy for our citizens,” said Shawn Richards, Deputy Prime Minister for Public Infrastructure, Postal Services and Urban Development. “”St. Kitts The residents will enjoy the stability of energy prices for a generation while benefiting from clean air and clean water. “

“We set out to develop a model for the generation and storage of solar energy for SKELEC that brings long-term financial and environmental benefits to the energy supplier and its customers without SKELEC having to make a costly upfront investment,” said Anil Srivastava, CEO, Leclanché. “Together we have developed a system that over time will pay for the construction and ongoing power generation through the sale of clean and reliable solar energy. We are pleased to have achieved both goals while developing a project that will be funded by established institutional investors can. “”

Clean, renewable energy from the Solar + storage project will be sold to SKELEC as part of a 20-year electricity purchase contract over the entire period in order to significantly reduce the forecast costs for diesel generation in the long term.

Functioning of the solar generation and storage system
Tankers are currently delivering diesel fuel St. Kitts weekly, and the fuel is then burned in generators to produce all of the nation’s electricity. This expensive process adds to local pollution and global warming (every gallon of diesel produces 22 pounds of CO2 when burned). The solar and storage project is intended to reduce diesel consumption by 30-35% and thus save money and the environment.

The fully integrated system from Leclanché consists of three core components: the solar field, the battery storage system and the software for the energy management system.

The solar panels collect sunlight that is converted into electricity. The solar project continues St. Kitts will be oversized so that some of this electricity can meet the island’s current electricity needs, and the rest will charge the large battery storage system to meet the island’s needs after sunset. The battery system also improves grid stability and serves as a backup in the event that one of the diesel generators fails.

The batteries are housed in 14 customer-specific housings near the SKELEC main power plant and next to the solar field. Additional equipment such as inverters, transformers, and protective devices ensure that the electricity from the new project is reliable and safe.

Leclanché’s energy management system software integrates all the different components of the system and coordinates the power supply according to SKELEC’s requirements. When completed in the first half of 2022, the solar and storage system will replace more than four million gallons of diesel per year, and the battery system will allow the remaining diesel generators to operate more efficiently.

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About Leclanché
Headquarters in SwitzerlandLeclanché SA is a leading provider of high quality energy storage solutions designed to accelerate our progress towards a clean energy future. The history and legacy of Leclanché is based on over 100 years of innovation in battery and energy storage. The company is a trusted provider of energy storage solutions worldwide. In conjunction with the German engineering culture and Swiss precision and quality, Leclanché continues to be the preferred partner for disruptors, established companies and governments driving positive changes in the generation, distribution and consumption of energy worldwide. The energy transition is mainly driven by changes in the management of our electricity networks and the electrification of transport. These two end markets form the backbone of our strategy and business model. Leclanché is at the center of the convergence of electrification of transport and changes in the distribution network. Leclanché is the world’s only listed company for pure energy storage, which is divided into three business areas: stationary storage solutions, e-transport solutions and special battery systems. Leclanché is listed on the Swiss Exchange (SIX: LECN).

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