Recent Initiatives on Saint Lucia

Like most island nations in the Caribbean, electricity generation relies on imported diesel fuel, leaving it vulnerable to a costly and volatile energy source. At the same time, the island boasts strong renewable resource potential, including solar, wind, and geothermal.…

2018 could see the start of geothermal exploration in Saint Lucia

Caribbean Islands are prime locations for geothermal energy and St. Lucia is on track to implement their own geothermal energy resources in 2018. Several Caribbean Islands are prime locations for geothermal energy. St. Lucia is on track to implement their…

Caribbean Setting Ambitious Renewable Energy Targets

Caribbean countries join a growing list of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which have set ambitious targets to switch to renewables. In October 2016, Barbados set a new target of generating 65 percent of its power from renewable sources by…

Markets seek more progress on Caribbean geothermal

In a market-wide poll taken at the 2016 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), delegates overwhelmingly responded that islands are not acting quickly enough to develop their geothermal resource. While regional progress has been closely tracked – particularly the uptick in the past…

Saint Lucia new energy roadmap to include geothermal – at right price

In a release last week, the government of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean has issued a new energy roadmap revealing a sustainable, reliable, cost-effective, and equitable electricity future for Saint Lucia. The study has been initiated and worked with the…

New Energy Unit for Nevis Island

Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance Hon. Vance Amory, announced the Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) plans to establish an Energy Unit in 2016, as part of its move to commission multiple renewable energy initiatives on the island.   He…

New Sustainable Energy Facility for Eastern Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed off on the Sustainable Energy Facility, a US$71.5 million loan and grant package that will fund renewable energy and institutional capacity projects in six Eastern Caribbean countries.…

Status of Geothermal in the Caribbean

Caribbean islands situated on continental plate boundaries have shown promising geothermal potential, estimated in the region at 850 megawatt. The chart above compares current installed geothermal capacity to “announced developing capacity,” the estimated power plant capacity reported for a specific site by a…

The Road to Renewable Islands

Since 2012, the Ten Island Challenge has garnered much attention from clean energy stakeholders in the Caribbean. It is the brainchild of Richard Branson, the Carbon War Room and Christiana Figueres, Executive Director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),…

Hybrid systems may hold key for clean energy

A new report from Oregon State University states that renewable energy could see a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies or more efforts to "match" hybrid forms of clean energy systems that provide an overall more steady flow of electricity. Historically, a major…

LAC Regarded as One of the Great Frontiers for Clean Energy Investment

Lots of poorer countries may be gearing up to largely skip fossil fuel reliance in favor of renewables, if a report released last week is any indication. It’s long been assumed that developing nations — particularly those in Africa and…

Cork Hill/Weekes Geothermal, Montserrat

In 2012, Montserrat began developing the island’s first geothermal project. Funds were provided by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (roughly $13.5 million) and the Caribbean Development Bank, with in-kind contributions from the government itself. Iceland Drilling was awarded…

Renewable Energy Needs Stronger Support from Government

Caribbean states have promised to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and transition to a more renewable energy economy. Saint Lucia and Aruba has even gone so far as to vowed to transition to 100% renewable energy generation as part of the Ten…