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Trinidad and Tobago is targeting and working towards a 15% reduction in cumulative greenhouse gas emissions by 2030; in absolute terms, this represents an equivalent to 103 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent being removed from the environment. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago commitment to the Paris Agreement is that this reduction would come from industry, power generation and the transport sector from a business-as-usual 2013 baseline.
National Energy supports the Government’s goal of a low-carbon future. We have been implementing renewable energy projects even before the 2018 ratification of the Paris Agreement. We remain committed to the development and implementation of projects that use renewable energy technologies in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Preysal Service Station project is a model for Trinidad and Tobago that integrates renewable energy into a commercial business operating model. The service station will provide the public with the full range of liquid fuels, Compressed Natural Gas and electric vehicle charging from renewable energy.
In 2021, National Energy completed the installation, testing, and commissioning of a 100-kilowatt Solar Photovoltaic System for the Preysal Service Station. National Energy was also responsible for the design, procurement, and supply of the system.
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Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is targeting and working towards a 15% reduction in cumulative greenhouse gas emissions by 2030; in absolute terms, this represents an equivalent to 103 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e) being removed from the environment. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT)’s commitment to the Paris Agreement is that this reduction would come from industry, power generation and the transport sector from a business-as-usual 2013 baseline.
The Preysal Service Station project is a model for T&T that integrates renewable energy (RE) into a commercial business operating model. The service station will provide the public with the full range of liquid fuels, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and electric vehicle (EV) charging from renewable energy. This project is an opportunity to collaborate with local universities to examine optimization of the installed designed model against site specific collated performance data. Installation of a power management system that facilitates remote access to real-time operational data and development of advanced analytic capabilities to support decision-making, is a unique feature where technology was leveraged.
This project presents tremendous opportunities for:
National Energy’s strategic focus and experience in implementing RE and energy efficiency projects provided a perfect opportunity for the Company to develop and manage the Design, Procurement, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of a 100-kilowatt (kW) Solar PV System for the Preysal Service Station. All other electrical, civil and site works were executed by the National Petroleum Marketing Company Limited (NPMC).
National Energy’s role in the project included the provision of project management services which encompassed:
National Energy provided scope development, project design requirement development, budget estimate development, pre-qualification exercise, competitive tendering to successful pre-qualified contractors and coordination with the NPMC and NGC CNG to support project implementation.
National Energy was responsible for the Solar PV component of the station, while NPMC and NGC CNG were responsible for all other aspects of works related to the station.
National Energy conducted a public prequalification exercise through which responses from contractors were assessed and a Request for Proposal was issued to the pre-qualified contractors.
The tenders were evaluated by a cross functional team led by National Energy and comprised of members from the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) and its other subsidiaries. A contract was executed in March 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The required Health Safety Security and Environment (HSSE) measures were immediately enforced, and the project continued, albeit under COVID-19 regulations/guidelines. The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) and Government Electrical Inspectorate (GEI) were engaged to ensure that the system met the required codes, standards, design specifications and other requirements.
To ensure compliance with design and construction standards, the Contractor was required to, at a minimum, ensure that all equipment and works met all local and international applicable standards for Solar PV systems.
T&TEC supplies the service station with a 12kV, 3 Phase power supply. The 12kV supply is distributed via two Ring Main Unit (RMU) switches and stepped down to utilization voltages via two pad mounted transformers. The utilization voltages are 480/277V, 3 Phase and 230/115V, 3 Phase, for the CNG electrical distribution system and all other loads, respectively.
The PV system is a bimodal system with battery storage. A bimodal PV system can operate in either utility-interactive or stand-alone mode. Battery autonomy was designed to support the estimated load throughout the average period of 24-hours.
The project represents a ‘new and first of its kind’ service station in T&T and is a model not only for future service stations, but for other commercial applications. National Energy and by extension, the NGC Group of Companies, continue forward on implementation of its Green Agenda while changing the local narrative and conversations on integrating RE into the local commercial and industrial landscape. This project signals that the energy transition is here in T&T and National Energy is ecstatic to be at the forefront of this energy evolution!
National Energy is facilitating the development of the Brechin Castle Solar Farm - one of two solar farms under Project Lara. Project Lara will have an output power capacity of approximately 112 megawatts (MW) and is being developed by a consortium of Lightsource bp, bp and Shell.
The Brechin Castle Solar Farm is the larger of the two commercial projects being developed, with the other located at Orange Grove, Tacarigua. Approximately 587 acres of land over three sites will be prepared by National Energy to facilitate the construction of the Brechin Castle Solar Farm which will produce 92 megawatts (MW) of power and connect to the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC)’s national electricity network.
This project will save Trinidad and Tobago 123,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions which is equivalent to taking over 26,500 cars off the road.
For more info on Project Lara, visit:
Brechin Castle Solar Farm
Orange Grove Solar Farm
National Energy partnered with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries and the University of Trinidad and Tobago to build a one-of-its-kind solar house in Trinidad and Tobago. The 732-square feet house was designed to meet the average energy needs of a household of four to five people.
The house is not connected to the national power grid and as such is 100% energy sufficient and powered only by solar energy.
National Energy project-managed the construction of the house, which was completed in July 2015. The house is located on University of Trinidad and Tobago Point Lisas – Energy Campus.
National Energy along with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, in 2015, completed a pilot project that involved the installation of Solar Photovoltaic lighting for the exterior of several community centers across the country. Additionally, 21 schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago benefited from the successful installation of solar lighting and solar stills for water distillation.