CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year 2017, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman. Image: via CARICOM Today

CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year: Suriname’s Hannah Olmberg-Soesman

Hannah Olmberg-Soesman of Suriname was recently declared the 2017 CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year. Ms. Olmberg-Soesman won the award for her work introducing off-grid solar systems to remote rural communities in Suriname: A dynamic entrepreneur with a background in social work and a degree in law, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman has …

Plastic bottles. Image: Lisa Risager
Solid waste

Jamaican government to launch plastic bottle deposit programme

The government of Jamaica will be partnering with the private sector to launch a deposit and refund programme for plastic bottles: The Government is committing $75 million over three years towards the implementation of a plastic bottle deposit scheme. This was announced by minister without portfolio in the Ministry of …

Sargassum on a Tobago beach. Image: rjsinenomine

Green Antilles link roundup: June 9, 2018

Tesla’s Musk: 11,000 energy projects underway in Puerto Rico — Energy storage and solar panel manufacturer Tesla has about 11,000 energy projects underway in Puerto Rico, CEO Elon Musk tweeted… Cutting maritime GHG emissions in focus at Jamaica workshop — Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and port operations were …

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 …

Plastic bottles. Image: Twentyfour Students.
Solid waste

Jamaican companies participate in plastic recycling challenge

In Jamaica, six companies are participating in a recycling challenge led by food and beverage company Wisynco: The Gleaner Company is among the six companies that have signed on to the Wisynco Eco-led Recycle Challenge to collect a minimum of 100,000 plastic bottles over seven weeks. The others participating in …

Wigton WInd Farm, Jamaica. Image: via Panoramio

Training opportunity: Photovoltaic system design, at Wigton Wind Farm, Jamaica

The renewable energy training laboratory at the Wigton Wind Farm in Jamaica is providing training in photovoltaic system design: Registration is now open for Wigton Wind Farm Limited’s upcoming training course in photovoltaic system design, from June 18 to 22. The week-long course, to be held at Wigton’s renewable energy …