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The Islands Energy Program guides island governments and utilities to define and achieve their energy visions.

Overview

The Islands Energy Program guides island governments and utilities to define and achieve their energy visions. The Program aims to accelerate the transition of island economies from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to a diverse platform of renewables and energy efficiency while establishing a blueprint for other isolated economies.

The process is guided by a three-tiered approach that focuses on establishing a national energy strategy, de-risking projects, and fostering continuous learning through a renewable energy learning forum.

  1. National Energy Transition Planning: We convene key energy players and establish a national energy transition plan. The plan outlines how to reach a renewable target and defines the existing energy mix to reach this target.
  2. Project Development and Implementation: We attract top project developers and mitigate project risk by guiding the process.
  3. Renewable Energy Community of Practice: With our partner, CARILEC, we provide island energy practitioners with direct access to subject matter experts, and with a mechanism to exchange lessons and learn from each other. The virtual forum connects and empowers users and offers 24/7 access to valuable resources.

Partner islands1:  Anguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Colombia (San Andres and Providencia), Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, and the Seychelles.

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Impact

The Islands Energy Program delivers its’ impact through three mutually reinforcing program pillars—energy transition planning, project development and implementation, and learning exchange and capacity building.

Energy Transition Planning

Four island nations and one island province have committed to ambitious energy transition goals:

  • Aruba (100% by 2020)
  • Montserrat (100% by 2018)
  • San Andres, Colombia (vision to be established in 2016)
  • Saint Lucia (35% by 2020)
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (80% by 2018)

Project Development & Implementation

The projects listed below are either under construction, under procurement or planned to be tendered in coming months:

  • Aruba: 7.5 MW Solar PV
  • Anguilla: 1 MW Solar PV
  • Bahamas: 1 MW Distributed Solar/Energy Efficiency for government buildings
  • Bahamas: 17 MW Solar for Family Islands
  • Cayman Islands: 5 MW Solar PV
  • Montserrat: 250 kW Solar PV and 3 MW Geothermal
  • San Andres, Colombia: 12 MW Wind Farm
  • San Andres, Colombia: Hospital Energy Efficiency and 300 kW Rooftop Solar PV
  • San Andres, Colombia: LED Street Lighting Retrofit
  • Saint Lucia: 3 MW Solar PV and Government House 10 kW Solar PV system
  • Seychelles: 4 MW Solar PV
  • Turks & Caicos: 1 MW Solar PV

Learning Exchange & Capacity Building

In 2015, the Islands Energy Program partnered with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) to build and launch a virtual community that connects utility engineers to energy best practices. Join the CARILEC Renewable Energy Community (CAREC), if you are interested in collaborating. Check out this one-pager for more information.  

Services

Energy Transition Planning and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Development: This process culminates in an energy roadmap for the country, derived from the critical inputs and guidance of island stakeholders.

Grid Integration and System Impact Studies: Before a renewable energy project is moved into the planning phase, the team performs a grid integration analysis and a system impact study to determine the maximum capacity of new generation that can be connected to the host utility’s circuits.

Energy Efficiency Program Development: We bring experience from analyzing portfolios of buildings to determine the appropriate technical and financial solutions. We improve the energy efficiency of public buildings, while selectively including on-site energy production.

Electric Utility Business Models Redefinition: We offer assistance to determine the best approach and to assess the options, including the Integrated Utility Service Model (which enables utility ownership of new types of energy-efficient and renewable technologies).

Microgrid Analyses: Microgrids are becoming a cost-effective and stable source of distributed power for isolated communities.

Renewable Energy Development: Project development is the most risky phase of any renewable energy project. We provide comprehensive project development services to mitigate risk and lower project costs, including the cost of capital and power purchase rates.

LED Street Lighting Procurement and Installation: With numerous RFPs published, the program provides objective advice and technical support to governments and utilities interested in transitioning to LED lighting.

IPP and EPC Contract Negotiation Support: The program and our partner, DNV GL, have a depth of knowledge and experience to provide power purchase contract negotiation support for utilities.

Legal and Policy Reviews: Partnerships with firms Sutherland and Paul Hastings and Holland & Knight help provide objective reviews of legislation, regulations, and policy documents related to the development of utility-scale and decentralized energy.

Project Structure and Finance: With the expertise of our collaborator, Delphos International, governments and utilities are supported during all aspects of the project structuring and financing process—from project identification to implementation.

Construction Oversight: As an “owner’s representative,” the program provides third-party oversight and implementation support during construction to ensure the quality, safety, and timeliness of all of projects.

Communications and Public Relations: Communications offerings include highlighting project milestones, providing vendor engagement, and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency commercial opportunities in key geographies outside the region.

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