Lightsource bp Eyes Construction Of Project Lara

(Energy Analytics Institute, 3.Feb.2021) — Lightsource bp continues to advance two solar farm projects, collectively known as Project Lara, in Trinidad and Tobago and with a combined 112 MWac.

The company aims to start construction of the Orange Grove Solar Project and the Brechin Castle Solar Project sometime in 2021, Lightsource bp executive Francis Mann said 3 February 2021 during The Energy Efficiency and Renewables Conference 2021 (virtual and in person presentations) hosted by The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago.

Both projects are are expected to be operational in 2022, Mann said. Discussions and negotiations are ongoing with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, he added.

Orange Grove Statistics:

— 60 hectares

— Size of the site: 20 MW

— Estimated annual generation: 48,913 MWh

— Equivalent to: 7,000 homes powered; 27,500 saved tonnes of CO2; and 5,500 cars off the road

Brechin Castle Statistics:

— 238 hectares

— Size of the site: 92 MW

— Estimated annual generation: 219,076 MWh

— Equivalent to: 31,500 homes powered; 123,000 saved tonnes of CO2; and 26,500 cars off the road

Lightsource bp, a consortium comprised of bp Alternative Energy Trinidad and Tobago and Shell Trinidad and Tobago, believes that “renewable energy is the key to addressing the ‘dual challenge’ – creating more energy while reducing emissions and combating climate change,” Mann said.

Lightsource bp operates 3 gigawatts of solar power generation and is actively developing projects in 14 countries. Its global project development pipeline is current 16 gigawatts.

Project Lara Timeline

Feb. 2018: Government of Trinidad and Tobago signed United Nations Paris Agreement ratification in New York

Mar. 2018: Government of Trinidad and Tobago launched Expression of Interest

Nov. 2018: Government of Trinidad and Tobago launched RfP documentation

Jul. 2019: Government of Trinidad and Tobago RfP submission deadline

Mar. 2020: Consortium award preferred bidder status

2021: Begin construction

2022: Commercially operational renewable energy projects

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