Chile reforming energy policy with $100m IDB loan

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $100m loan for a programme to improve Chile’s energy sustainability through reforms in the sector, helping the country reach its goal of 20% non-conventional renewables by 2025. Under the programme, Chile will develop a long-term energy policy, which aims to encourage the use of renewable energy sources, boost competition in […]

Aruba Commits to 100 Percent Renewables

Among the islands of the Caribbean, Aruba stands as an example with its commitment to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Plans include building new solar and wind farms, converting waste to energy, and working to increase energy efficiency. New strategies for efficiency are being developed to combat the high cost of energy, […]

Solar Water-Heater Market Hot For Exploitation

Confidence is growing for the solar water-heating market among authorities and researchers in the Caribbean region. According to Dr. Xavier Lemaire, senior research associate at the University College London (UCL) Energy Institute, the opportunities inherent to the region are based on high levels of insolation and urbanization and will require authorities to establish a proper […]

IRENA helps Central America integrate renewables

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has stepped in to help Central America meet its 2020 target for renewable energy. The “concrete results” expected include an 11% renewables generation target for the region; this will be facilitated by programs like the Renewables Readiness Assessment for Panama and the Clean Energy Corridor of Central America. Energy […]

SolarPack sees Chile’s low renewable energy prices here to stay

Concerns over falling prices in the renewables market were quelled by Spanish solar provider SolarPack, who expressed that they have “very few doubts” in the long-term sustainability of renewables. Questions have arisen from analysts and attendees at the CIREC conference in Santiago last week, asking about the availability of financing for projects such as Granja […]

Colombia to update renewable energy policies

An agreement aimed at improving the Integration Programme of Renewable Energies (PER) was signed between Colombia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy and the FDN, last week. The FDN is a national financial institution supporting the financing of infrastructure projects and will work with the Ministry for eight months to identify financial instruments and projects to […]

Proposed new energy strategy for Saint Lucia

The Government of St. Lucia (GoSL) has developed a new strategy to address clean energy on the Caribbean Island. A study, along with independent analysis from the Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMW-CWR), and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), have identified opportunities for new investments and ownership structures to benefit customers. The strategy must have […]

Barbados Light & Power selects Landis+Gyr for advanced metering and grid management project

Barbados energy utility Barbados Light & Power (BLP) needs to address the challenge of integrating intermittent renewables and balancing load to reduce generation costs. For that reason, the utility has selected Landis+Gyr for a comprehensive smart grid technology project that includes advanced metering through Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream® AMI solution and meter data management. BLP priorities include […]

Sustaining T&T through renewable energy

The case for renewable energy in Trinidad & Tobago can be made through solar and wind resources, abundant in the region. Acting alone, the 5,131 square kilometer island cannot have much impact in global emissions, but combined with other initiatives in the Caribbean, there is potential for the country to become a leader in energy […]