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…

Why $100 Billion Invested In Wind Or Solar Will Produce More Energy Than Oil

French investment bank Kepler Chevreux has produced a fascinating analysis that has dramatic implications for the global oil industry. It estimates that $100 billion invested in either wind energy or solar energy – and deployed as energy for light and…

Teething Problems for the SolarMill Hybrid Installation in Kingston, Jamaica

The SolarMill solar-wind hybrid installation in Kingston, Jamaica has received much pressed since it was launched a year ago. It is the world's largest hybrid solar-wind project and opened to much fanfare. However, at least one solar expert is questioning how much…

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…

Financing Green Projects In Barbados

Many recent studies have shown Barbados to be a challenging environment for renewable energy and green technology financing. The country dropped 5 spots in the Climatescope 2013 ranking although the 2014 Electric Light and Power Act tries to stem the tide. In a push…

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…