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)

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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)

Energy

Jamaica’s Policy for the Addition of Renewable Capacity to Electricity Grid

The addition of new generating capacity to Jamaica's electricity grid can be achieved in three ways: 1. the installation of conventional power plants 2. the installation of renewable energy (RE) facilities 3. the installation of co-generation facilities. RE facilities refers to plants in which the source of primary energy  continually (naturally) regenerates. Such sources of… Continue reading Jamaica’s Policy for the Addition of Renewable Capacity to Electricity Grid

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

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