New rules for Barbados RE producers

Producers of electricity from renewable energy sources can now sell more power to the Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) under the Renewable Energy Rider (RER) programme at a fixed rate. Additionally, in announcing its decision today, the Fair Trading…

4 MW wind and solar project announced in Antigua and Barbuda

Four renewable energy projects set to be developed in Africa and the Caribbean have been awarded $46 million in funding. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), announced on Sunday $46…

New Energy Unit for Nevis Island

Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance Hon. Vance Amory, announced the Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) plans to establish an Energy Unit in 2016, as part of its move to commission multiple renewable energy initiatives on the island.   He…

St. Kitts & Nevis Government expects renewable energy projects to take off in 2016

The development of renewable energy in the federation, specifically geothermal and wind, is being seen as one of the avenues for job creation that the government expects to come onstream in a meaningful way in the upcoming year. This disclosure…

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…

Bonaire’s Electricity System Transformation

Bonaire is a small island off the coast of Venezuela, famous for its beautiful marine reefs attracting 70,000 tourists every year. However, what many of the tourists do not realize is that the majority of the electricity powering their needs comes from renewable energy.…

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…

Vestas Wins Another Supply Deal in the Dominican Republic

Vestas has won a supply deal for wind turbines at the 49.5MW Larimar wind farm in the Dominican Republic. The contract is with Spain-based Grupo Cobra to supply 15 V112 3.3MW machines in the second quarter of 2015 and commissioned by the…

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…

Cayman Renewable Energy Association Launched

The new Cayman Renewable Energy Association (CREA) was formally launched this Thursday. The new group, of roughly a dozen-members is chaired by GreenTech Group Founder and CEO James Whittaker. As quoted in the Caymen Compass, “The renewable industry in Cayman has now reached a…

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…