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…

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…

Central America & Caribbean To Spend $3.3 Billion On Smart Grid Infrastructure By 2025

Central America and the Caribbean will invest $3.3bn in smart grid infrastructure over the period 2015-2025. This investment will help lower the region’s high cost of electricity by incorporating renewable resources and reducing rampant electricity theft. At 19.8 cents per…

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…

Restructuring Puerto Rico’s Ailing Utility

Puerto Rico looks set to miss its target to achieve 12% renewable energy by next year. The island currently generates between 2-6% of its electricity from alternative, clean sources – namely hydro, wind and solar power. This is surprising considering Puerto Rico’s…

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…

Watts Next: Designing Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Power Systems

SWITCH is an investment planning model for power systems with large shares of renewable energy. A rather nerdy model, granted, but useful to identify which generator and transmission projects need to be build over the coming decades in order to transition a cleaner electricity…