Economics, Renewable Energy

Can Renewables Address the Economic, Social and Environmental Goals in the Caribbean?

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in a ninety four (94) page publication titled "REthink Energy towards a new power system" articulated the point that policies that promote renewable energy can simultaneously address economic, social and environmental objectives. I too share this sentiment. As global warming becomes more apparent, policymakers in the developed world have… Continue reading Can Renewables Address the Economic, Social and Environmental Goals in the Caribbean?

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Wind Energy

REdiscover: Isla Turiguano Wind Park (Cuba)

The RE discover series continues....! In this article we venture to Cuba to rediscover the Isla Turiguano Wind Park. And for those of you who are geography enthusiast, the Isla Turiguano Wind Park is located on the Isle of Turiguano - an artificial island off the central northern coast of Cuba. Cuba is the largest Island in the Caribbean with… Continue reading REdiscover: Isla Turiguano Wind Park (Cuba)

rediscover, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

St. Kitts’ First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm

The St Christopher Air, Sea and Ports Authority (SCASPA) solar farm is a 1.0 megawatt (MW) farm on the beautiful Island of St.Kitts. This farm, which is located just north of the runway at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, consist of approximately 3,500 photovoltaic panels that generates more than ample electricity for SCASPA operations, with… Continue reading St. Kitts’ First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm

330 KW Sorobon Wind Park, Bonaire
rediscover, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy

REdiscover: Soroban Wind Turbine (Bonaire)

This article - the third article in our rediscover series, I will take a look at the Soroban Wind Turbine in the small Caribbean Island of Bonaire. Bonaire has an area of 250 square km2 and is located 80 km north of the Venezuelan coast. Together with Aruba and Curaçao it forms a group referred… Continue reading REdiscover: Soroban Wind Turbine (Bonaire)

rediscover, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy

REdiscover: Munro College Wind Turbine (Jamaica)

In our last rediscover article we looked briefly on the Rosalie Bay Resort Wind Turbine in Dominica. In this article in the series I will look at the Munro College Wind Turbine in Jamaica. Munro College is an all boys secondary school located in the parish of St. Elizabeth on one of the peaks of… Continue reading REdiscover: Munro College Wind Turbine (Jamaica)

rediscover, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy

REdiscover: Rosalie Bay Resort Wind Turbine (Dominica)

This post is the first of a series of short articles that I am currently working on. The objective really is to rediscover the small grid connected renewable energy projects commissioned across the Caribbean. As the title suggest, part one of the rediscover series takes a brief look at the Rosalie Bay Resort wind turbine… Continue reading REdiscover: Rosalie Bay Resort Wind Turbine (Dominica)

Geothermal Energy, Green Energy, Wind Energy

Greening Nevis Electricity Sector

Nevis, the sister isle of St. Kitts, is on its way to becoming carbon neutral in the near future. The two-island state is part of the Leeward Islands chain in the Eastern Caribbean. The small island of Nevis is home to a population of about 12,000 and it receives approximately 90 percent of its energy… Continue reading Greening Nevis Electricity Sector

Geothermal Energy

Harnessing Geothermal Energy for Electricity Generation

In a previous article titled "Geothermal Potential in the Caribbean," I  highlighted the vast geothermal energy potential of several islands in the Caribbean. The history of electricity production from geothermal energy dates back to the early 1900's, however of list of islands with potential only Guadeloupe to date has a 4.5MWe geothermal electricity plant. A conventional… Continue reading Harnessing Geothermal Energy for Electricity Generation

Economics, Wind Energy

The Economics of Wind Power in Jamaica

In late 2013, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) named three preferred bidders for the supply of up to 115 MW (megawatts) of electricity generation capacity from renewable energy. The three preferred bids amounted to a total 78 MW of energy only renewable energy capacity, including two projects offering energy from wind amounting to 58 MW,… Continue reading The Economics of Wind Power in Jamaica

Wind is air in motion
Wind Energy

Wind Power Basics

Wind is simply air in motion. It is caused by the uneven heating of the Earth’s surface by the sun's radiant energy. This motion is due to difference in the earth's surface composition, which causes a difference in the rate at which the sun’s energy is absorbed. An ideal situation for the formation of wind… Continue reading Wind Power Basics