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,…

Funds secured for new Jamaica’s new LED streetlight system

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of US$25 million to replace existing streetlights in Jamaica with high efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. The funds are being provided to the Jamaica Public Service Company…

Jamaica’s biofuels project reaches vehicular trials

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has announced that the biodiesel research being conducted by the energy company in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Bodles Agricultural Research Station and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) is now…

Jamaica Gets First Grant Under US Clean Energy Finance Facility

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the first grant through the Clean Energy Finance Facility for the Caribbean and Central America (CEFF-CCA), to help develop a 37 megawatt solar farm in Westmoreland. CEFF-CCA will provide support…

Wigton lab to provide training in renewable energy

A new resource centre at Wigton Lab in Manchester will deliver practical and theoretical courses in solar, thermal, photovoltaic, concentrated solar and wind power. The centre was developed with a $4-million grant from the British High Commission in Jamaica, and support…

Preliminary assessment of bioenergy production in the Caribbean

Renewable Energy Caribbean would like to share a major report on bioenergy conducted a few years ago. The report came out of the UNDP project, "Bioenergy in the Caribbean: Supporting Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Energy Services for Small Island Developing States…

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…

Biofuel manufacturer to invest US$95 million in Jamaican plant

As renewable energy demands increase globally, bio-fuel developer Benchmark Renewable Energy LLC has officially announced plans to develop a large-scale bio-ethanol operation in Jamaica. The company has confirmed that the project will include the development of an advanced bio-ethanol plant…

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…

Energy efficiency upgrades saves Jamaican business $.5 million monthly

Chase Ramson’s decision to go green has been blessing the food and household product distribution company with another kind of green — just over half a million dollars in savings per month. Two years ago, the company installed a 60 kW…

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…

First Energy Security Summit Promotes Independence from Petrocaribe

The U.S. will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DC. It aims to promote greater energy self-sufficiency and environmentally sustainable diversification away from crude oil in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, better access to international financing, technical help,…

A Sweep of New RE Policies in Jamaica

Jamaica's Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell says Government's policy shift on alternative energy, including the provision of incentives, is resulting in greater use of and investments in renewable options. Under the policy, Government is facilitating access to low interest rate loans for…