Government House Solar in Saint Lucia
Description/achievement of initiative

The Government of Saint Lucia is partnering with Solar Head of State to install solar panels on the public residence of the Governor-General, Government House. This is part of the island’s target to generate 35% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and 100% by 2030. This project will be a symbolic statement of intent by the government, and also a test project to encourage more future grid-connected solar projects on the island.

Implementation methodologies

Solar Head of State and its partners Free Island Energy and Noah Energy will install a rooftop grid-connected solar photovoltaic system using panels donated by Trina Solar and Inverters donated by Enphase Energy. Additional financial support was received from Sungevity and the California Clean Energy Fund.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The installation of this project will use a local installation company and some off-island experts will be brought in to provide training. Training in maintenance is also given to grounds staff of Government House. Local services have been used in every possible aspect of the project, and the training should increase capacity of installation crew for future projects.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Solar Head of State (SHOS) is a non-profit coordinating the installation. Donations (financial and in-kind) are arranged by this organization and SHOS works with the Government of Saint Lucia to install the test project and ensure media focus.


Government of Saint Lucia, Solar Head of State, Carbon War Room, Free Island Energy, Noah Energy, Sungevity
Progress reports
Goal 7
September 2016
Installation of solar panels on Government House, Saint Lucia
Financing (in USD)
10,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Installation services from Noah Energy and Free Island Energy
In-kind contribution
Panels from Trina Solar, Inverters from Enphase Energy
Staff / Technical expertise
Project management by Solar Head of State

Basic information
Time-frame: January 2016 - October 2016
Government of Saint Lucia, Solar Head of State, Carbon War Room, Free Island Energy, Noah Energy, Sungevity
Contact information
James Ellsmoor, Director of Project Development, jellsmoor@solarheadofstate.org
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