BP, Shell break ground on Trinidad’s first utility-scale solar project

BRECHIN CASTLE, April 20, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s first utility-scale solar project saw a ground-breaking ceremony earlier this week, attended by Trinidadian Prime Minister Keith Rowley.

The prime minister was joined by BP executive vice-president of gas and low-carbon energy Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath and president of bpTT David Campbell, among others, for the ceremony at Brechin Castle, one of the two sites of the 148-MWp project.


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The development, named Project Lara, is owned by bp Alternative Energy Trinidad and Tobago and Shell Renewables Caribbean, with BP subsidiary Lightsource bp undertaking construction and O&M.

With locations at Brechin Castle (with 122 MWp) and Orange Grove (with 26 MWp), the project is expected to produce enough power for the equivalent of 42,500 homes.

“This is a big deal for Trinidad and Tobago, as the first commercial-scale solar project and the largest in the Caribbean, and it’s great to see the energy transition in Trinidad and Tobago is under way,” bpTT’s Campbell told The Energy Year.

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