Energy storage as a tool for resiliency

A high dependency on imported fossil fuels can increase a country’s vulnerability to poor electricity access, following extreme weather events. With around 87% of energy consumed in the Caribbean region coming from imported fossil fuels, this dependency increases the risk…

Aldelano Solar to provide water and power to hurricane-devastated communities

Aldelano Solar will provide off-grid relief to hurricane-devastated Antigua, Barbuda and British Virgin Islands in the form of solar products that can produce drinking water and power.  The company has developed a line of products that provide off-grid refrigeration, water…

PVs withstand hurricanes better than many buildings

Photovoltaics systems withstood the hurricane in the Caribbean better than many buildings. Now they are an important element in rebuilding the infrastructure. When hurricane Maria made landfall on the southeast coast of Puerto Rico on 20th September, the Humacao solar…

CREF Project Award Winners

The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), the largest annual gathering of the Caribbean renewable energy market, today announced seven projects as recipients of its first annual CREF Project Awards. The awards represent a wide spectrum of size and technologies and are given…

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…

$33m readied to finance resilient infrastructure in the CARICOM

Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide USD$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region. This marks the first time that CDB has accessed financing…

Energy Security a Key Issue at Recent Trade & Investment Conference

The importance of reliable and consistent energy supply in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states was emphasized during the deliberations at the CARICOM/CUBA/FLORIDA Trade and Investment Conference held February 10-11, 2016 in Miramar, Florida. Director of the Institute of International Relations at the…

New Solar Power Plant at V.C. Bird International Airport

A new airport solar power project was recently completed at the V.C. Bird International Airport  in Antigua. The 3 MWp sun2live solar installation including more than 12,000 photovoltaic panels was developed and constructed by the UK-based clean energy provider PV Energy Limited. The sun2live solar plant construction…

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…

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.…