Jamaica’s renewable hybrid microgrid is a lesson for the world

ABB will deliver a microgrid with integrated wind and solar resources, adding to more than 40 other similar projects the company has worked on worldwide already. ABB said it will be a “24.5MW microgrid facility and energy storage system”. It will run on the company’s ABB Ability platform, which it delivers across a range of industries to digitally connect, control and monitor systems and individual components.

Barbados to grant licences to IPPs

The Barbados government says independent power producers interested in supplying electricity to the national grid will be able to apply for licences by early next year. Energy Minister Darcy Boyce said that recommendations on licensing systems for these producers should…

Electricity system upgrade & expansion launched in Suriname

The Government of Suriname has partnered with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to deliver a more reliable, efficient and sustainable electricity supply in Suriname. The Electricity System Upgrade and Expansion Project will be implemented by utility company, N.V. EnergieBedrijven Suriname…

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…

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,…

Recent Initiatives on Saint Lucia

Like most island nations in the Caribbean, electricity generation relies on imported diesel fuel, leaving it vulnerable to a costly and volatile energy source. At the same time, the island boasts strong renewable resource potential, including solar, wind, and geothermal.…

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…

Caribbean Investment: Creating the Right Incentives

Reflecting the azure skies of the Caribbean, solar panels on private houses, hotels and businesses are an increasingly common sight across all the islands. Many Caribbean customers are seeking a degree of energy independence, which is not surprising given that…

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…

Renewable Energy in the Caribbean: Current Trends and Lessons from History

Island regions are largely dependent on imported oil for power generation. Local governments support renewable sources to limit exposure to volatile oil markets, but barriers hinder the development of a strong renewable energy sector. In an article in Energy Policy, Rebekah Shirley and Daniel Kammen…