Saturn Power awarded operating license for 6 MW Bermuda solar project

Just last week, the Regulatory Authority awarded an operating license to the developers of the project, Saturn Solar Bermuda 1, the Bermudian subsidiary of Saturn Power Incorporated. This is a significant milestone for the project. When the bids were submitted, Saturn’s bid was the lowest compliant bid, at 10.3 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Construction began to install the solar panels on May 24th, 2019. The transmission cable on land is about 1 kilometer long, and the submarine cable is nearly 2 kilometers long and connects the solar farm to the grid at the Civil Aviation Substation on Kindley Field Road.

While the project was developed by Saturn, a Canadian company, the project was made possible by our local companies consisting of more than 50% Bermudian workers. Bermudian companies working on the site included Noesis Consulting, Ltd, Crisson Engineering, Island Construction Services, Butterfield Excavation, Onsite Engineering, Security Associates, Fast Forward Freight, Bermuda Forwarders and D&J Construction. Moving ahead, the project will be operated by Saturn with the support of a Bermudian Operations and Maintenance contractor. 

The project will deliver power to the grid, not to the Airport, and will not be customer-specific. It is estimated that it will power the equivalent of about eleven hundred [1,100] homes per annum, stabilizing some of our volatile fuel costs and ultimately save about 150,000 tons of CO2.