Cayman’s first solar project starts operations

The 5MW solar PV farm started operations in June, marking the first large solar farm for the Cayman Islands.  “This marks the beginning of our large scale renewable energy developments here in the Cayman Islands,” said Councilor of Human Resources, Immigration and Community affairs, Austin Harris, signaling the Government’s intention to move forward on its […]

Nassau’s Arawak Port receives $3m from IDB to install solar PV and efficiency upgrades

The Arawak Port in Nassau, Bahamas is set to have solar PV, LED lights, and other energy efficiency activities after signing a $3m loan from the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The power generated from the solar PV system could exceed the power required for the […]

Barbados government launches $24.6m Smart Energy program

On Friday, June 23, the Ministry of Energy and the Barbados Light & Power launched the US$24.6 million Public Sector Smart Energy Programme, which – among many aims designed to reduce electricity consumption and GHGs – will include the changing out of close to 30,000 street lights across the country. The project, funded by the […]

Barbados launches $34m IDB-funded program for natural gas and renewable energy

The Barbados government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a US$34 million loan agreement to finance a project to use cleaner fuels and renewable energy in Barbados. Specifically, the program will upgrade natural gas infrastructure and integrate smart energy solutions and renewable energy into the Barbados energy matrix. The Minister of Finance and […]

Microgrids announced for Aruba and US Virgin Islands

Austin, Texas-based Ideal Power on June 22 announced it is building a 200kW off-grid solar +storage and diesel microgrid system at a commercial facility on the US Virgin Island. Six Ideal Power Stabiliti units will replace on-site diesel-fueled power generation with solar PV and LiB capacity. All three power generation assets will be integrated into […]

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 […]