Renewable Energy, Wind Energy

Electrical Integration of Wind Farms

In this article, we will look at the integration of modern wind turbine generators (and by extension wind farms) into the electric power grids. Modern wind turbine generator Modern wind turbine generators (WTG) can be broadly categorized as either vertical axis or horizontal axis. The horizontal axis wind turbine design is much more efficient at… Continue reading Electrical Integration of Wind Farms

Renewable Energy, Wind Energy

Electricity from the Wind – Part 2

In this article, we will look at some of the wind turbine design parameters that are specific to wind farm sites. Wind turbine design parameters Modern wind turbines are designed for specific wind conditions, which varies from site to site. Therefore, when planning a wind power plant careful considerations must be given to the wind… Continue reading Electricity from the Wind – Part 2

Green Energy, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy

Electricity from the Wind – Part 1

Wind as a source of electric energy in the Caribbean is now becoming commonplace, with utility-scale wind power plants in operation on Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Nevis, Puerto Rico, and Martinique. Barbados, Guyana, and St. Lucia are next in line to add utility-scale wind energy to their energy mix. Utility-scale wind… Continue reading Electricity from the Wind – Part 1

Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

Cayman Island’s First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm

The energization of a 5 megawatt (MW) solar farm located on 22 acres of lands at Block 43A Parcel 346 in Bodden Town, Grand Cayman in June of 2017 was recorded in history as the first utility-scale grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the Cayman Islands. It is the result of an expression of… Continue reading Cayman Island’s First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm

Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

REdiscover: SKELEC’s First Solar PV Farm (St. Kitts)

The St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC), the sole electric power company on the beautiful island of St. Kitts, owns and operates the twin islands' second largest solar photovoltaic (PV) farm. The plant, rated at approximate 0.5 megawatts (MW), is located on roughly 100m by 183m of land on the outskirts of the capital city, Basseterre… Continue reading REdiscover: SKELEC’s First Solar PV Farm (St. Kitts)

Solar Energy

Barbados’ First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm

The Barbados Light & Power (PL&P) 10 MW solar PV farm in Trents, St. Lucy is the Island's first utility-scale solar project. In 2014, the light and power company invited proposals for a solar photovoltaic system of up to 8 megawatts (MW) on an engineering, procurement and construction turnkey basis, for which over 40 bids… Continue reading Barbados’ First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm

Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Waste to Energy, Wind Energy

Weighing in on T&T’s 10% RE Target

Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), has set an ambitious renewable energy (RE) target of 10% of installed capacity by 2021. This equates to approximately 200 MW given the combined installed capacity of the two islands is over 2000 MW of natural gas based power generation. T&T is the only nation in the western hemisphere, and the second in the world, that generates 100%… Continue reading Weighing in on T&T’s 10% RE Target

Hydro Energy, Solar Energy, Storage, Wind Energy

Jamaica’s RE Near Term Outlook

The Jamaican electricity sector has seen its fair share of investment in renewable energy over the last two decades or so, to the tune of approximately US$360 million to be exact. Development to date: Jamaica has a long history of using its indigenous renewable sources of energy to generate electricity. This dates back as far as… Continue reading Jamaica’s RE Near Term Outlook

Solar Energy

Jamaica’s First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm

In 2013, WBR Enterprises Inc. was selected by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) via a competitive bidding process to develop a 20 Megawatts (MW) solar farm - the island's first utility-scale solar project. The project was the third lowest bid received, in response to the OUR's request to supply 115 MW of renewable generation, with a proposed price… Continue reading Jamaica’s First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm

Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy

Island Energy Snapshots – the Caribbean

The Islands of the Caribbean are known to have some of the highest electricity rates in the world, with the exception of only a few. This is primarily because more than 95 percent of their energy consumption is derived from imported petroleum products. The U.S. Department of Energy and its partners, through the Energy Transition… Continue reading Island Energy Snapshots – the Caribbean