Our History

Our History 

 
The history of electricity in St. Vincent and the Grenadines dates back to 1931, when the Crown Colony Government began providing electricity to thirty two customers. The Company’s forerunner, the Common Wealth Development Corporation (CDC), a British based Company, took over the operations of the electricity business in 1953. 

The formation of St. Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC) in 1961 set the pace for the development of the electricity sector in the country. During the early 1970’s the government acquired 49% shares, while 51% remained with the CDC. The operations were further streamlined with the enactment of the Electricity Supply Act of 1973. On July 1 1985, VINLEC became a state owned entity, when the government acquired the remaining 51% shares of the Company.

VINLEC now serves 42,000 customers and provides electricity to 98% of the populace. Electricity is generated at the Company’s diesel Power Stations that are located at Cane Hall, Lowmans Bay, Bequia, Union Island, Canouan and Mayreau. Approximately 20% of electricity is produced annually at the Hydro Plants that are located at Cumberland, Richmond and South Rivers. 

VINLEC supplies electricity to its customers through a network spanning over 350 miles of 33kV, 11kV, 400V and 230V lines.

VINLEC has a staff of 316 spread across various locations and eight departments. They are Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Planning, Finance, Human Resources and Administration, Customer Services, Information Systems and Internal Audit.

VINLEC’s mission is to provide service of the best quality and value to its customers, satisfy the interest of the shareholder and employees and contribute to a high quality of life for the nation.