LUCELEC signs contract to construct first solar farm in Saint Lucia

Today representatives from St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) and solar energy firm GRUPOTEC signed a contract to begin the engineering, procurement, and construction for a 3 megawatt (MW) solar farm, located north of the Hewanorra International Airport at La Tourney, Vieux Fort. When connected to the grid, the solar farm’s 14,900 photovoltaic (PV) panels […]

JPS Board approves groundbreaking energy solution for Jamaica

The JPS Board of Directors, has approved a ground breaking hybrid energy storage solution, which pending approval from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean. The innovation will help to secure grid stability and reliability, in the face of increasing intermittent renewable energy. The energy storage […]

Jamaica preparing IRP for late 2017

Jamaica is developing an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to guide the development of a modern energy sector. The IRP will baseline the projected electricity demand and determine generation and technologies to be used over a 20 year period. The plan is slated for completion later in 2017 and will inform the investment opportunities for the […]

Dominica geothermal project moving forward

In a recent interview with local news outlet CBN4, Member of Parliament for Roseau Valley, Dr. Collin McIntyre, reported that the geothermal project of Dominica is underway in his constituency. “The geothermal project is on stream, we are looking at it in the Laudat area in terms of production and we are looking at the […]

St. Lucia geothermal project on track for drilling in 2018

St. Lucia is moving towards the next phase of their geothermal project as they complete geothermal development studies. Valerie Leon, acting Permanent Secretary in the Department of Sustainable Development, said “We are very advanced with our geothermal development. We have conducted all the geothermal studies that will give us information (and) are looking at the […]

Jamaica considers waste-to-energy program

Jamaica is getting closer to determining its options for waste-to-energy, with an aim to embark on a program by the end of 2017. Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the government is far advanced in examining options for waste-to-energy solutions. “The government has commissioned an enterprise team to look at waste disposal in Jamaica, from a […]

Moïse Poised to Modernize Rural Haiti with Clean Energy

Guest Editorial, written by Allison Archambault, President of EarthSpark International The Haitian countryside is beautiful and full of potential. The lack of electricity, however, is debilitating. Haiti’s new President, Jovenel Moïse, has announced that he will prioritize the issue of electricity during his tenure.  Making good on his statements around rural electrification would make Moïse […]

4.4 MW solar PV project underway in Cuba

Work has started on the first large scale PV plant in the Cuban province of Sancti Spíritus, as announced by power utility, Empresa Eléctrica (EE). Radio Havana Cuba, the official government-operated international broadcasting station, said the solar plant will have a capacity of 4.4 MW and will be connected to the local electric grid, Sistema […]

Renewable energy index highlights investor opportunities in Caribbean basin

Panama, Guatemala and Jamaica top the list of the Caribbean Basin Renewable Energy Investment Index, just released this week. Released by Pan American Finance, the index measures investment potential in the region, highlighting opportunities for investors.“The interest in renewable energy-specific investments in the Caribbean and Latin America has grown considerably in the past few years,” said […]