Belize receives grant from landmark UAE-Caribbean renewable energy fund

Belize will receive a grant from he UAE-Caribbean renewable energy fund for the emPOWER Rural Electrification project (emPOWER Project). The emPOWER Project aims to provide renewable energy solutions to assist Belize in achieving universal energy access. This project plans to install 344…

Breakthrough smart grid technology coming to Barbados

Scientists in one of Canada’s snowiest cities will help a sunny Caribbean island switch to a green energy grid, leaving fossil fuels in its wake. University of New Brunswick researchers have received $4.3 million from Ottawa and Emera Inc.—the parent…

Ground broken for largest solar plant in the Caribbean

While Jamaica continues to lead the rest of the world in energy diversification, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley says that his Government does not intend to become complacent but will intensify its efforts to reduce the…

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…

CDB approves funds to support the energy transformation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved a blended financing package of US$4.2 million loan and the equivalent of US$1 million in grant resources to further support the transformation of the energy sector in St. Vincent…

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…

The financial case for renewable energy on Barbados

With an estimated 66 cents in every dollar currently going towards this island’s fuel import bill, the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA) says there is one sure way for Government to grow the economy. However, BREA President Aidan Rogers is…

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…

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…

New Solar Power Plant at V.C. Bird International Airport

A new airport solar power project was recently completed at the V.C. Bird International Airport  in Antigua. The 3 MWp sun2live solar installation including more than 12,000 photovoltaic panels was developed and constructed by the UK-based clean energy provider PV Energy Limited. The sun2live solar plant construction…

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…

Renewable Energy Needs Stronger Support from Government

Caribbean states have promised to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and transition to a more renewable energy economy. Saint Lucia and Aruba has even gone so far as to vowed to transition to 100% renewable energy generation as part of the Ten…

Jamaica Aims to Lead RE in the Caribbean

Jamaica Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell says that it can, predicting that, by the middle of next year, Jamaica will be the leading country in the region in the gross production of renewable energy. The country is already one of the…