SKELEC’s solar farm is located on approximately 100m by 183m of land close to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) roundabout. This is on the outskirts of the capital Basseterre, next to the road that leads to the main tourist area, Frigate Bay, and is visible from the road.
Jointly funded by SKELEC and the Government of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan, it was constructed by SpeedTech Energy of Taiwan. It was commissioned and connected to the grid on September 8, 2015.
It Comprises of 1,976, 250 W mono-crystalline solar panels plus 48 dummies panels with the phrase “GO GREEN”. These feed into seventeen 30.7 KVA, 3-phase ABB inverters. The output of these inverters is stepped up to 11 KV by a 600 KVA transformer and connected to the Frigate Bay Feeder.
Since commissioning, it has supplied over 768 MWh of energy to the grid and saved more than 1,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide. This accounts for less than one tenth of one percent of the energy produced by SKELEC.
The solar farm can be monitored over the internet. The website provides statistics such as present power output, energy output since commissioning, irradiance, ambient temperature, and wind speed and direction. It also displays its environmental benefits.