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Farfan & Mendes awarded for Lethem Solar Farm Project

Farfan and Mendes Ltd, and partner Soventix Caribbean, have won Best Energy Storage Project from the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) for the Guyana Energy Agency’s Lethem Solar Farm.

The award was presented to the companies at 15th annual CREF in Miami on April 27th, 2023.

The Lethem Solar Energy Project is part of the Government of Guyana’s plan to promote renewable energy decarbonize the electricity generation matrix and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Funded through the Inter-American Development Bank, the project aims to bring affordable and reliable electricity to the remote town of Lethem, Guyana.

The project involved the installation of a 1MW solar plant and 571kWh battery storage, which will provide power to the Lethem grid, and is expected to significantly reduce diesel consumption.

The commissioned $472M one megawatt solar farm at Lethem (Photo: News Room/2022)

Farfan and Mendes Guyana Ltd and Soventix Caribbean were jointly responsible for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of a hybrid system combining a solar photovoltaic plant, a battery energy storage system (BESS) and integrating them to the existing traditional generation systems.

Both companies also installed the 1.5 megawatts (MW) Solar PV Farm in Daag Point, Region Seven commissioned on March 31, 2023.

Farfan and Mendes Ltd, Manager of the Solar Division, Mr. Martin Carto, remarked, “We are proud to have been part of this landmark project and to have contributed to the development of renewable energy in Guyana. This award is a recognition of our team’s hard work and dedication to delivering high-quality projects that make a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Mr. Alvaro Vergara, Country Manager of Soventix Caribbean, added, “The Lethem Solar Utility Scale Project is a shining example of our commitment to customer satisfaction based on operational excellence, a strong partnership and commitment to delivering state-of-the art renewable energy project implementation. We are honoured to have been part of this key project and to have received this award from CREF and would like to thank our client the Guyana Energy Agency for their trust, as well as the Lethem Power Company and the Guyanese authorities for their support.”

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