Central America and Caribbean to invest $3.3b in smart grid infrastructure

Facing high electricity losses from theft and challenges incorporating renewable energy onto the grid, Central America and Caribbean region’s utilities will invest $3.3 billion in smart grid infrastructure over the next decade to address these challenges. With the support of international development agencies, several flagship projects are being developed and indicating a start of a growth […]

Puerto Rico debuts largest operational solar plant in Caribbean

The Caribbean’s biggest operational solar plant has opened in Puerto Rico. The Oriana Solar Park has debuted in the area of Isabela, with an estimated production of 100,000 megawatt-hours of energy in its first year of operations. “The Oriana Solar Park is the example of the future of power generation in Puerto Rico, one that […]

Regional energy partners focus on charting way forward

Energy partners in the Region met in Georgetown, Guyana, last month to assess progress and to agree on the way forward for the sector. The partners gathered for the Mid-Term Planning Meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Programme (REETA) held 9-10 March. REETA is the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the […]

Jamaican and Canadian energy researchers sign MOU

Canadian support for Jamaica’s energy sector has been strengthened with the signing of a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) on March 13, 2017 between Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE), and Jamaica-based Caribbean Energy Solutions Research Institute (CESRI). Dr Usha George, vice-president, Research and Innovation for at CUE, and Dr Gary Jackson, principal director […]

Jamaica’s electricity to be majority renewables within two years

The government is projecting that, within two years, more than half of Jamaica’s electricity demand, totalling nearly 700 megawatts, will be generated from renewable sources. According to finance and public service minister, Audley Shaw, this is based on the government’s “aggressive” approach to fuel diversification resulting in over 200 megawatts of renewable energy already being […]

Cayman Islands hosts inaugural Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference

The Cayman Islands will enhance its position as a leader amongst Caribbean island nations in transitioning to renewable energy by hosting the inaugural Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC) at the Kimpton Seafire Resort on 11-12 May 2017. The conference will provide a forum for delegates to hear distinguished experts discuss the latest advancements in renewable […]

St. Lucia convenes today for public consultation on geothermal project

The Government of Saint Lucia (GoSL) convenes its third public consultation for its geothermal project today, where high-level representatives from the Department of Sustainable Development are expected to make informative presentations of the plans of the GoSL for geothermal exploration. The exploratory phase of the project continues with the next crucial steps being the completion of […]

Dominican Republic to commission 360 MW of renewables in 2018

The Dominican Corporation of State Electric Companies (CDEEE) announced that it has started work on eight renewable-energy projects that will provide 361.2MW of new generation capacity to the country’s grid in 2018. The announcement was made by Rubén Jiménez Bichara, executive vice president of CDEEE, during the launch of the Renewable Energy Projects Support Plan. […]

Guyana: Green Heart Tree Energy commissions new solar PV system

Green Heart Tree Energy (GHTE) entered the renewable energy market in Guyana earlier on March 3, 2017 when it commissioned a 10 kilowatt system to power the Paramakatoi Flavours Sun Dried Tomato Processing Plant, the company said in a statement. “The Paramakatoi project is the beginning of GHTE’s commitment to long term investment in the […]