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

30MW Vader Piet Wind Farm, Aruba
Wind Energy

ABC Islands Wind Farms

The islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao forms  a chain of islands in the Caribbean known as the Leeward Antilles. Together these islands has an installed wind capacity of approximately 71 MW. These islands feature the longest continuous history of wind energy utilization in the Caribbean (since 1983), as well as a novel 28 MW integrated (bio-diesel/wind/storage) energy system… Continue reading ABC Islands Wind Farms

Economics, Renewable Energy

Distributed RE Integration Policies in the Caribbean

The high cost of electricity in the small islands of the Caribbean has drive the various governments to take a serious look at incorporating various forms of renewable energy source into their country's energy mix. As a result electricity markets across the region have seen the introduction of grid interconnection policies, allowing end users with… Continue reading Distributed RE Integration Policies in the Caribbean


Can We Grow Our Own Electricity?

Apparently we can! Viaspace, a producer of renewable Giant King Grass that can be used as a low carbon fuel for electricity generation, has signed a supply contract with bioenergy project developer ReSource Bioenergy to supply its energy grassfor bioenergy projects in Jamaica through its affiliate Jamaica Bioenergy. According to Viaspace, Giant King Grass is… Continue reading Can We Grow Our Own Electricity?

Solar Energy

Jamaica’s Solar Potential for PV Application

The Worldwatch Institute in its recently published "Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap - Pathways to an Affordable, Reliable, Low-Emission Electricity System" revealed that Jamaica has a tremendous solar potential with global horizontal irradiance(or GHI) ranging from 5 to 7 kWh per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) throughout most of the country. According to the Institute some parts of Jamaica have an… Continue reading Jamaica’s Solar Potential for PV Application

Energy, Hydro Energy

JPS Augments Jamaica’s Hydro Capacity

On March 26th (2014), JPS officially commissioned its 7.2 MW (mega-watts) expansion of the Maggotty hydro electric power plant – the single largest hydro development since independence.  This addition increased the plant's total capacity twofold and like the eight previous installations, it uses a run-of-river hydro electric plant technology. A run-of-river hydro electric power plant generates… Continue reading JPS Augments Jamaica’s Hydro Capacity

Renewable Energy, Wind Energy

Largest Onshore Wind Farms in the World

The following is a list of the five larges wind farms in the world: 1. The Alta Wind Energy Center is a wind farm located in Tehachapi Pass of the Tehachapi Mountains, in Kern County, California. As of 2013, it is the largest wind farm in the world, with a installed capacity of 1,320 megawatt… Continue reading Largest Onshore Wind Farms in the World

Renewable Energy, Wind Energy

Wigton makes move to increase its Capacity by 62%

Wigton Windfarm Limited's (WWFL) plans to start expansion of its 38.7 megawatts (MW) wind farm by an additional 24 MW this year . Wigton phase III, which will be located in Rose Hill, Manchester on lands adjoining the company’s 38.7 MW wind farm complex, is projected to generate an additional energy of 63 gigawatt-hours (GWh)… Continue reading Wigton makes move to increase its Capacity by 62%