Electric vehicle charging station. Image: Nick Piggott

Event: CARICOM Electric Vehicle workshop and Expo

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat will be hosting an Electric Vehicle (EV) workshop at the Barbados Hilton Hotel on 20–21 June, followed by an EV Expo on 22 June at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium: The activities will be held with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, …

Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat. Image: via CARICOM Today

CARICOM to develop sustainable energy communications strategy

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, in collaboration with several partners, will be developing a communications strategy for sustainable energy, in order to create and increase awareness of challenges and opportunities in the energy sector; to facilitate behavioural change at all levels; to encourage innovation; and to facilitate the transition to new …

Sargassum on a beach in Barbados. Image: via Barbados Government Information Service

Sargassum invasion a ‘national emergency’ in Barbados

The government of Barbados is treating the massive accumulation of sargassum on the country’s east and south coasts as a national emergency, and is working to find ways to put the seaweed to beneficial use: The influx of sargassum seaweed on beaches across Barbados is being treated as a national …

Solar panels. Image: James Moran

Finance deals signed for new solar power plant in Jamaica

Financing has been secured for the development of a 51MW photo-voltaic project in Jamaica: The Paradise Park project is majority owned by French independent renewable independent power producer Neoen, while the other shareholders are MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Fund and emerging market energy developer and investor Rekamniar Frontier Ventures. France’s …

Solar panels. Image: Mountain / \ Ash

USAID provides solar equipment and training for Jamaican school

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Programme, which seeks to improve the enabling environment for renewable energy in the region, recently made a significant donation to a high school in Westmoreland, Jamaica: Petersfield High School in Westmoreland was recently the proud beneficiary of a donation …

Volcanic crater, St. Vincent. Image: SVG Ministry of National Security via International Renewable Energy Agency

St. Vincent and the Grenadines geothermal facility expected to start operation in 2021

After some delays, drilling for a 10MW geothermal project in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is expected to start next year: The commercial operation date for the geothermal power plant planned for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean is now set for around June 2021, some three years …

Street lamp. Image: Matthew Musgrove

Guyana switching over to LED street lamps

With the assistance of the government of Japan, street lighting in Guyana will be getting more energy efficient: In accordance with President David Granger’s push for a ‘Green Agenda’ for Guyana, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and its sister agencies have commenced works to ensure that the concept is realised. …