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

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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

REdiscover: SCASPA Solar Farm (St. Kitts)

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 excess energy… Continue reading REdiscover: SCASPA Solar Farm (St. Kitts)

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

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 Energy

Cuba gone with the Winds

Cuba, the largest of the beautiful islands of the Caribbean - often referred to as the "Pearl of the Antilles", recently unveiled plans to embark on a massive wind power development project. The project will see the integration of eight new wind farms into the Cuban National Electricity Grid by 2020, projected to contribute 280… Continue reading Cuba gone with the Winds

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Potential in the Caribbean

As explained in the post "introduction to geothermal energy", geothermal energy is heat energy originating from beneath the Earth’s crust. This heat is continually produced by the natural decay of radioactive materials such as uranium and potassium. According to US Department of Energy the amount of heat within 10,000 meters of Earth’s surface contains 50,000 times… Continue reading Geothermal Potential in the Caribbean

Geothermal Energy, Renewable Energy

What is Geothermal Energy?

Geothermal energy is heat energy originating from Earth. The word itself was derived from the words geo and thermal meaning Earth and heat respectively. This heat from the earth is used in many ways, including as a source for electricity generation and to heat and cool buildings. Geothermal energy provides an affordable and sustainable solution… Continue reading What is Geothermal Energy?