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Solar in the Caribbean — An Installation in Saint Lucia

01 / 11

A Pressing Storm

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">The installation team rushes to complete the project as storm clouds approach. Tropical storms frequently hit the island from June to November. </p> </div>

02 / 11

Local Press

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">A local TV crew interviewing Solar Head of State Director James Ellsmoor about the significance of the installation.</p> </div>

03 / 11

Official Residence

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Government House, Castries, Saint Lucia — the official residence of the Governor-General, Dame Pearlette Louisy. The building was completed in 1895 for colonial administrators, and has been used by Governors-General since Saint Lucia's independence in 1979.</p> </div>

04 / 11

Partnership with the Government of Saint Lucia

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><b>By James Ellsmoor,</b> <i>Director, Solar Head of State</i></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">To mark the start of its own renewable energy revolution, the Government of Saint Lucia partnered with Solar Head of State to install solar panels on the public residence of the Governor-General, Government House. The 5.4-kW grid-tied system will save over 100 tons of carbon in its lifetime and save the government roughly US$150,000. Photos courtesy of Solar Head of State.</p> </div>

05 / 11

Project Launch

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">A cultural performance was held during the launch of the installation.</p> </div>

06 / 11

Solar Education

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">A group of students from the Caribbean Youth Environmental Network tour the site to learn about solar energy. This is one of the first government buildings on the island to install solar.</p> </div>

07 / 11

Solar Panel Install

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Saint Lucian electricians install Trina Solar PV panels on the roof of the Government House. The installation was carried out by Free Island Energy and local partner Noah Energy.</p> </div>

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The Final Result

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Government officials and distinguished guests tour the site to view the new installation.</p> </div>

09 / 11

The Microinverters

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Free Island Engineer President Marc Lopata stands outside the Government House ready to install the Enphase Energy microinverters.</p> </div>

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The Value of Renewable Energy

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Acting Governor-General, McDonald Dixon, speaks to guests at the project launch on the importance of renewable energy.</p> </div>

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Wrapping Up

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">The crew puts the finishing touches to the installation.</p> </div>