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 […]

JPS to invest $100m on storage/efficiency projects in 2017

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), the island’s sole distributor of electricity, said it will be doubling its expenditure on energy projects by December this year in an attempt to drive down the cost of energy. JPS views the investment as key to driving efficiencies, according to Chairman Seji Kawamura, who was appointed earlier this year, […]

Montserrat geothermal project to soon resume drilling on third well

Following news on the drilling campaign for the third well of the geothermal project on Montserrat in the Caribbean, things had turned a bit quiet. Local news outlet Montserrat  Reporter now reported earlier this month, that work on this third well is to resume soon. There seem to have been some problems with the drilling […]

ECLAC releases roadmap for Caribbean governments transitioning to alternative vehicles

A new report released from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) looks at how governments can make the transition to electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The report, Promoting energy efficiency in government transportation systems: A transition roadmap and criteria for a readiness analysis, identifies Caribbean islands who have began discussions around energy […]

Solar project bidders visit Montserrat

Montserrat is coming closer to reaching its vision of 100% renewable penetration on the grid by 2020 with its geothermal project, but also by harnessing the sun. In early June, the government of Montserrat, headed by Hon Minister Paul Lewis, welcomed four of six project bidders for the introduction of the Phase 1 of the […]

CDB approves $25m for Jamaica LED streetlight program

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of $25 million to replace existing streetlights in Jamaica with high efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. The funds are being provided to the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPSCo), and will facilitate the replacement of approximately 105,000 high pressure sodium and mercury […]

The Bahamas to launch ambitious solar program

The Government of The Bahamas’ intention to launch “an ambitious, solarization programme” in The Bahamas over the next five years is expected to result in numerous benefits for The Bahamas as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) as well as assist in slowing adverse effects of climate change which include more extreme weather patterns and […]

Announcing: CREF Project Awards for 2017

As project development region-wide ramps up, the organizers of CREF are pleased to announce a collaboration with Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room to recognize excellence in project execution in the Caribbean. Supported by an industry-leading Advisory Committee, awards will be made across the following categories: Best Utility Scale Wind, Best Utility Scale Solar, Best Storage […]