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Mayreau Microgrid Project Accepting Bids

On Friday, April 21, St. Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC) and Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR) released a Request for Qualifications for interested parties to submit credentials to bid for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for a solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage Microgrid Project on the Grenadine Island of Mayreau.

The Microgrid Project is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ shift toward increasing the utilization of renewable energy technologies. Currently VINLEC utilizes hydro and solar energy to provide just under 20% of electricity production on the main island of Saint Vincent. This Microgrid Project will make Mayreau the first of the four Grenadine islands served by VINLEC to utilize a high penetration of renewable energy.

The Microgrid Project will consist of 150-200 kW of solar PV, along with 100-250 kWh of battery storage.

The Mayreau Microgrid Project is funded by the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation and by VINLEC.

Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room are independent, unbiased, technical advisors to VINLEC and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and will manage the project bidding process.

To learn more or bid on the project, visit the RMI-CWR Open Projects webpage. For media inquiries, please contact klau@carbonwaroom.com.

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About Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent nonprofit founded in 1982—transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

About St Vincent Electricity Services Limited

St Vincent Electricity Services Limited delivers electricity to 43,860 customers on the islands of St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan, Union Island and Mayreau where the Company operates isolated power systems. VINLEC supplies electricity to its customers through networks spanning over 350 miles of 33kV, 11kV, 400V and 230V lines.

About the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation

RTNF envisions a world where all people enjoy equal opportunities to achieve health, purpose, and happiness. We make sizable, enabling grants to those adventurous organizations we believe have the ability to propel the world closer to achieving that vision, concentrating on the following two populations:
For the people of today: We work to alleviate suffering and to provide educational access and support for all, with special emphasis on those who are most disadvantaged.
For the people of tomorrow: Wishing to leave the world better than we found it, or at least no worse, we aim to eliminate the unsustainable use of fossil fuels by fostering the research and development of alternative energy sources, supporting environmental issue comprehension efforts, and supporting energy use behavioral modification programs

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