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?
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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
The Fuel & IPP Charge on your bill combines two factors: 1) The cost of fuel used to generate electricity and 2) The cost of the electricity supplied by Independent Power Producers (IPPs). The fuel cost is by far the greatest contributor to the Fuel & IPP Charge. JPS says it needs approximately 20,000 barrels… Continue reading What is the Fuel and IPP charge on your JPS Bill?
The average cost of the electricity in Jamaica is currently at a five year low of US 25 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), according to the privately owned electricity company (Jamaica Public Service). JPS says the dramatic reduction in the overall cost of electricity is due to lower fuel charges, as well as the improved efficiency… Continue reading Average Electricity Cost in Jamaica is Down to Five-Year Low
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