Big News for the BVIs

Residents of the Virgin Islands will soon be able to use and sell renewable energy following the passing of the British Virgin Islands Electricity Ordinance Amendment Act 2015. The Amended Act was passed at the Fourth Sitting of the Fourth…

The Thorny Issue of Biodiversity in Clean Energy Development

What is the relationship between clean energy and biodiversity? At a global level, renewable energy certainly causes less pollution in the life cycle of a project than traditional fossil fuels - and mitigating climate change will safeguard many vulnerable ecosystems…

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…

Four Companies Bid to Install 2 MW Solar in BVIs

The BVI Electricity Corporation has announced that four companies have submitted bids to install approximately two megawatts of solar photovoltaic on various government buildings and statutory bodies in the Territory. The companies will produce electricity via solar energy for the…

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…

Restructuring Puerto Rico’s Ailing Utility

Puerto Rico looks set to miss its target to achieve 12% renewable energy by next year. The island currently generates between 2-6% of its electricity from alternative, clean sources – namely hydro, wind and solar power. This is surprising considering Puerto Rico’s…

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…

Two New Solar Farms Planned for St Kitts-Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis will build two new solar farms, according to Cartwright Farrell, CEO of the St Kitts Electricity Corporation (SKELEC). The projects leverages the success of the country's existing solar farm located at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. The airport solar…

What Climate Change Will Mean for Jobs

Paper commissioned by the Green Jobs Programme, International Labour Organisation (ILO), highlights some of the main links between climate change and employment in the Caribbean basin, targeted for government and workers’ organisations but relevant to a wider audience. Climate change…

Dominican Republic, Jamaica & Barbados Top RE in the Caribbean

Cost differences between renewables and fossil fuels have traditionally guided new renewable energy additions, especially in developing countries. But those days are ending, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) Climatescope 2014 report, which finds renewable electricity is now just as…

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…

New IRENA Web Portal & Interactive Library

IRENA is seeking those within the renewable energy sectors to join their Global Atlas Virtual Advisory Network for the upcoming release of the Global Atlas v 2.0. Registration: http://bit.ly/1upgZOi Participants will have the unique opportunity to be the first public users of the new…

Renewables Benefit Island Tourism, Says New IRENA Report

A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on how how renewables can benefit island  tourism. The study, Renewable Energy Opportunities for Island Tourism, examines four renewable energy technologies: solar water heating, solar air conditioning, seawater air conditioning, and solar…