On Friday, March 24, the Government of Montserrat through the Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour (MCWL) and Montserrat Utilities Limited (MUL) released a Request for Qualifications for interested parties to qualify for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction for a 1 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage project.
The solar project is part of the new national energy policy released last year, titled “The Power to Change – Montserrat Energy Policy 2016 – 2030 (MEP 2016-2030).”
The tender represents the first phase of two solar project phases. The first phase will account for 250 kilowatts (kW) of solar capacity. Upon completion, the first solar project will generate 11% of the current peak load or maximum electric power needed. The second phase will begin in early 2018 and consists of an additional 750kW of solar and associated battery storage.
About Montserrat Utilities Limited
Montserrat Utilities Ltd was formed through the merger of the existing electricity (Monlec) and water (MWA) utilities. On completion of the merger process, MUL acquired all the assets, liabilities, duties and privileges of the predecessor organisations, and began operation under new legislation (the Utility Act). MUL therefore became an umbrella company for the predecessor organizations, Montserrat Electricity Services Ltd. and Montserrat Water Authority, which continue to be responsible for electricity and water on Montserrat.
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