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.

Caribbean leaders to create world’s first “climate-smart zone”

Recent hurricanes have left unprecedented devastation across the Caribbean and it is a traumatic time for all those who live in the region. Whole communities and towns have been decimated, and the global community needs to act quickly and give…

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…

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…

Research into Bottom-up Approaches to Assess Large Public Investments

The question of how scaling up public investment could affect fiscal and debt sustainability is key for numerous countries needing to fill infrastructure gaps and build resilience. A new paper by the IMF, proposes a bottom-up approach to assess large…

Caribbean Nations Turn to Renewable Energy

The Caribbean faces several challenges to its energy sector, which harm the region’s people and potential for economic growth. The Caribbean power generation sector receives 87 percent of its energy production from imported fossil fuels, despite the availability of solar,…

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…

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…

Largest solar facility yet announced for Jamaica

Following the launch of a major new wind farm on the island, the Jamaican government announced that it was finalizing an agreement with Eight Rivers Energy Company to build and operate a 33.1-megawatt solar facility at Paradise Park in Westmoreland. The project…

$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…