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.

VINLEC to build first solar-battery storage microgrid in the Grenadines

CEO of St. Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC) and a Curacao solar energy firm, EcoEnergy, N.V. have signed a contract to start the engineering, procurement, and construction for the utility’s first solar battery storage microgrid., located on the island of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

LAC Regarded as One of the Great Frontiers for Clean Energy Investment

Lots of poorer countries may be gearing up to largely skip fossil fuel reliance in favor of renewables, if a report released last week is any indication. It’s long been assumed that developing nations — particularly those in Africa and…

The Caribbean needs a Marshall Plan for Clean Energy

Lefties Food Stall, a pint-sized eatery serving Barbados’ signature flying-fish sandwiches, recently became the first snack shack on the Caribbean island to be fitted with a solar panel. The nearby public shower facility sports a panel as well. So does…