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…

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…

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…

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…

What It Will Take to Rebuild the Caribbean With Clean Energy

The devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma and Maria on energy systems in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean highlight an energy security problem that has been lurking for decades. Massive damage to centralized grids will mean that many of…

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.…

Sint Eustatius’ Battery Storage System Exceeds Expectations

SMA Sunbelt's battery storage system exceeds performance forecasts in first year of operation. In March 2016, SMA Sunbelt commissioned the 1.89 MW solar PV and 1 MW/572 kWh Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery energy storage system in Sint Eustatius. The objective…

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…

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…