Vinlec embarks on solar, LED projects
February 8, 2013

Vinlec embarks on solar, LED projects

St Vincent Electricity Services Ltd (VINLEC) will be embarking on two new innovations as the company continues working towards energy efficiency.{{more}}

Starting this week, the company will be experimenting with Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lamps, in an effort to determine which of six different types would be best suited for use in the country.

According to Tamara Job-Sprott, VINLEC’s communications officer, the project, which is being done in collaboration with the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme and the German International Cooperation (CREDP-GIZ), will see the use of lamps from LED Roadway Lighting Ltd out of Canada, Lemnis Public Lighting of the Netherlands, United Kingdom based Urbis Lighting Ltd, as well as PECO International Electric Inc, Maxlite, and Contemporary Lighting Sales of the United States.

Job-Sprott said that at the end of the evaluation, final recommendations would be made for the possible use of the appropriate lamp types for St Vincent and the Grenadines.

She said that the lamps would be tested at a test field site, as well as on a section of road at Questelles.

The other project, according to VINLEC CEO Thornley Myers, could see St Vincent and the Grenadines cutting its fuel importation by 130,000 gallons per year, when it is fully implemented.

The company is set to begin an EC$11 million solar project, which is expected to contribute 1,500 kilowatts of energy into the national grid, with the first 500 kilowatts expected to be online by July this year.

During a brunch this week, held for partners involved in their energy awareness and conservation exhibition, VINLEC Chairman René Baptiste said that the company was hastening towards the use of alternative sources of energy for exploitation in St Vincent and the Grenadines.