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…

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…

Renewable Energy Community Launched

The Caribbean Electricity Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) launched a renewable energy virtual community for utility engineers and energy practitioners called the CARILEC Renewable Energy Community (CAREC). The community features informative documents and training materials, monthly technical webinars and a real-time…

Energy Transition Platform

North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany has partnered with The Climate Group and Stiftung Mercator to formally launch the Energy Transition Platform. The global initiative supports highly industrialized, carbon intensive state and regional governments in developing and implementing innovative clean energy policies to…

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…

US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership Announced

The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP), in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to…

New Energy Unit for Nevis Island

Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance Hon. Vance Amory, announced the Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) plans to establish an Energy Unit in 2016, as part of its move to commission multiple renewable energy initiatives on the island.   He…

St. Kitts & Nevis Government expects renewable energy projects to take off in 2016

The development of renewable energy in the federation, specifically geothermal and wind, is being seen as one of the avenues for job creation that the government expects to come onstream in a meaningful way in the upcoming year. This disclosure…

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.…

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…

Status of Geothermal in the Caribbean

Caribbean islands situated on continental plate boundaries have shown promising geothermal potential, estimated in the region at 850 megawatt. The chart above compares current installed geothermal capacity to “announced developing capacity,” the estimated power plant capacity reported for a specific site by a…

Under the Lens: The Development of RE in Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean is a hotspot in low-carbon power generation. Declining costs, maturing technologies, and the sheer untapped potential for renewables offers an promising opportunity for continued development in the coming years. In particular, continuing investment in renewables will provide the…

The Road to Renewable Islands

Since 2012, the Ten Island Challenge has garnered much attention from clean energy stakeholders in the Caribbean. It is the brainchild of Richard Branson, the Carbon War Room and Christiana Figueres, Executive Director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),…

Our 1 Year Anniversary Recap

Renewable Energy Caribbean is one year old today and to celebrate we are showcasing the top renewable energy stories in the region from 2014. Thank you to all our subscribers. We have many features planned for this year so be…