Snapshot of energy storage in Latin America and the Caribbean

Energy storage will play key a role in the energy transformation. The extent of the growth of battery storage will depend on both the extent of the decrease in battery storage costs and the development of regulatory regimes that reward the services that storage is capable of providing.

Jamaica’s renewable hybrid microgrid is a lesson for the world

ABB will deliver a microgrid with integrated wind and solar resources, adding to more than 40 other similar projects the company has worked on worldwide already. ABB said it will be a “24.5MW microgrid facility and energy storage system”. It will run on the company’s ABB Ability platform, which it delivers across a range of industries to digitally connect, control and monitor systems and individual components.

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…

Belize receives grant from landmark UAE-Caribbean renewable energy fund

Belize will receive a grant from he UAE-Caribbean renewable energy fund for the emPOWER Rural Electrification project (emPOWER Project). The emPOWER Project aims to provide renewable energy solutions to assist Belize in achieving universal energy access. This project plans to install 344…

Breakthrough smart grid technology coming to Barbados

Scientists in one of Canada’s snowiest cities will help a sunny Caribbean island switch to a green energy grid, leaving fossil fuels in its wake. University of New Brunswick researchers have received $4.3 million from Ottawa and Emera Inc.—the parent…

Barbados to grant licences to IPPs

The Barbados government says independent power producers interested in supplying electricity to the national grid will be able to apply for licences by early next year. Energy Minister Darcy Boyce said that recommendations on licensing systems for these producers should…

Electricity system upgrade & expansion launched in Suriname

The Government of Suriname has partnered with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to deliver a more reliable, efficient and sustainable electricity supply in Suriname. The Electricity System Upgrade and Expansion Project will be implemented by utility company, N.V. EnergieBedrijven Suriname…

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…

New funds from CDB to advance grid modernization & energy storage

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a US$350,000 grant to assist utilities and relevant stakeholders across the region to develop, plan and design energy storage and grid modernisation solutions, which could accelerate the Caribbean’s shift to clean energy. The…