Caribbean Investment Forum puts resilience into sharp focus

Urgent investment into infrastructure more resilient to climate change is needed to allow Caribbean island nations to achieve their clean energy, sustainable development plans, a high-level meeting of representatives from Caribbean governments, development partners and regional organizations in Saint Lucia…

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.…

Vestas to supply turbines totalling 48MW in the Dominican Republic.

Vestas is to supply turbines totalling 48MW to Elecnor’s Larimar 2 wind farm in the Dominican Republic. The Danish manufacturer will deliver and install 14 V117-3.45MW machines for the project, which is located in the Enriquillo region of the country.…

Microgrid to power Aruba

A Caribbean island is adopting microgrid technologies as part of its clean energy strategy to become fossil-fuel free.The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba will use ABB‘s microgrid to harness wind and solar power to create a sustainable electricity system for a…

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…

Wigton lab to provide training in renewable energy

A new resource centre at Wigton Lab in Manchester will deliver practical and theoretical courses in solar, thermal, photovoltaic, concentrated solar and wind power. The centre was developed with a $4-million grant from the British High Commission in Jamaica, and support…

New rules for Barbados RE producers

Producers of electricity from renewable energy sources can now sell more power to the Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) under the Renewable Energy Rider (RER) programme at a fixed rate. Additionally, in announcing its decision today, the Fair Trading…

Small tropical islands could become the world’s first 100% renewable nations

We’ve heard a lot about urgent climate action from “world leaders” in developed countries, yet actual concrete achievements have been limited. The rich world may soon be shown up by small, tropical island nations which have plenty of wind and…

4 MW wind and solar project announced in Antigua and Barbuda

Four renewable energy projects set to be developed in Africa and the Caribbean have been awarded $46 million in funding. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), announced on Sunday $46…

US Embassy in Bridgetown Installs Largest Wind Turbine in Barbados

The largest single wind turbine in Barbados has been installed at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. The 20 kilowatt turbine, which is also the largest operating at any U.S. embassy…

St. Kitts & Nevis Government expects renewable energy projects to take off in 2016

The development of renewable energy in the federation, specifically geothermal and wind, is being seen as one of the avenues for job creation that the government expects to come onstream in a meaningful way in the upcoming year. This disclosure…

Caribbean Investment: Creating the Right Incentives

Reflecting the azure skies of the Caribbean, solar panels on private houses, hotels and businesses are an increasingly common sight across all the islands. Many Caribbean customers are seeking a degree of energy independence, which is not surprising given that…

Bonaire’s Electricity System Transformation

Bonaire is a small island off the coast of Venezuela, famous for its beautiful marine reefs attracting 70,000 tourists every year. However, what many of the tourists do not realize is that the majority of the electricity powering their needs comes from renewable energy.…

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),…