Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Thursday, December 2, 2021) – FortisTCI is introducing three new solar customers as a part of the Utility Owned Renewable Energy (UORE) program to increase the clean energy footprint in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Community Fellowship Centre, The Salvation Army and Long Bay Storage are the latest UORE participants. Together, they will add 509.6 kilowatt (kW) of solar PV to the electricity grid in 2022.
Agreements were signed in September with representatives from Community Fellowship Centre for a 185.22 kilowatt-peak (kWp) Photovoltaic (PV) system with a projected annual production of 247.4 megawatt hour (MWh). A 15.68 kWp PV system will be installed at the newly-built Salvation Army headquarters on Leeward Highway with a projected annual production of 20.35 MWh. The agreement with Long Bay Storage entails a 308.7 kWp PV system with a projected annual production of 433.9 MWh. These new installations will help lessen the amount of fuel required for energy production, and collectively will assist the country in avoiding 500 metric tons of C02 emissions.
FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes thanked the Company’s newest RE participants. She said, “Science and research continue to reveal that around the world, we must do more to reduce our greenhouse gases and slow down climate change. COP26 brought together leaders from around the world to tackle this issue. As CEO of FortisTCI, I speak on behalf of all my colleagues when I say that we are committed to leading with action and doing our part to ensure that future generations have every opportunity to enjoy this beautiful planet during their lifetimes. I am thankful for our renewable energy customers who willingly want to be a part of the solution. We cannot do this alone.”
Mrs. Forbes continued, “I welcome The Salvation Army, Community Fellowship Centre and Long Bay Storage, who are great examples of how we can achieve more together and minimize our impact on the environment for the greater good. I also look forward to commissioning these systems very soon and continuing the important work alongside Government to create more ways for customers to be a part of the TCI energy transition.” The UORE program credits participants monthly for rooftop space over 20 years and grants a share of the system production annually. FortisTCI currently has 1.6 MW of solar on the grid and targets 33% RE generation by 2040 the country’s energy roadmap, the Turks and Caicos Resilient National Energy Transition Strategy (R-NETS).
FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes (second from left) with representatives from the Salvation Army, Major Darrell Wilkinson and Salvation Army TCI Advisory Board Chair Todd Foss (second from right,) with the FortisTCI VP of Innovation, Technology and Strategic Planning Rachell Roullet (far right) and FortisTCI Resource Planning & Utility Analytics Officer TeAnn Thomas.
FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes (second from left) with representatives from the Salvation Army, Major Darrell Wilkinson and Salvation Army TCI Advisory Board Chair Todd Foss (second from right,) with the FortisTCI VP of Innovation, Technology, and Strategic Planning Rachell Roullet.