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Islands Energy Program

We aim to accelerate the transition to renewables in 13 island Caribbean countries, install 95 megawatts of renewable energy, and leverage $300 million in financing for island energy projects by 2020.

A Transition to Renewable Energy

Learn how our Islands Energy Program is helping island economies transition from expensive and dirty energy sources to clean, affordable renewable energy.

What Is the Islands Energy Program?

We accelerate the transition of island economies from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to a mix of energy efficiency and renewables—and create a blueprint for other isolated economies. By unlocking the unique challenges islands face, we are supporting islands to move beyond clean-energy roadmaps to tangible, on-the-ground results.

Why It Matters

The residents of island nations pay some of the highest electricity prices in the world because of their near-total dependence on imported diesel—perpetuating poverty and inequality, swelling national debts, hampering investments, and blocking sustainable development. Additionally, diesel generation releases carbon dioxide and particulate emissions, reducing air quality and harming the health of local residents.

What We’re Doing

National Energy Transition Planning

We convene key stakeholders to establish a national energy vision, and develop a transition strategy to achieve that vision.

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Project Development and Implementation

We develop, de-risk, and prepare clean energy projects for market in order to attract top project developers and companies.

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Renewable Energy Community of Practice

We provide island energy practitioners with direct access to subject matter experts, and with a mechanism to exchange lessons and learn from each other.

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WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED

Facilitated the implementation of 26 projects totaling over 140 MW spread across 13 island countries that are either under construction, under procurement, or plan to be tendered. Led the clean energy transition planning process for four island nations and one island province. Developed roadmaps for Aruba, San Andrés and Providencia, and Saint Lucia to build low-carbon futures. Helped draft The Bahamas renewable energy net-billing and interconnection policy. Helped draft the Montserrat National Energy Policy. Launched an online learning community for island energy practitioners.

Our Partners

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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Global Environment Facility (GEF)

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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

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Caribbean Electric Utilities Services Corporation

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Partner Islands

Anguilla

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Aruba

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Bahamas

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Antigua & Barbuda

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Belize

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British Virgin Islands

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Colombia (San Andrés and Providencia)

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Grenada

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Montserrat

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Puerto Rico

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Saint Lucia

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Turks and Caicos

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The Seychelles

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Our Team

Stephen Doig
Former Managing Director

Justin Locke
Director
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Christopher Burgess
Projects Director
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Roy Torbert
Principal
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Kaitlyn Bunker
Manager
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Owen Lewis
Operations Manager

Fidel Neverson
Project Manager

Martyn Forde
CARILEC Renewable Energy (CAREC) Community Manager

Rohan Ford
Project Manager

Katya Whyte
Sr. Associate
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Sidney Jules
Associate
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Ana Sophia Mifsud
Associate
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Kester Wade
Schneider Fellow
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Katie Lau
Program Marketer
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Resources

Part One—Critical Facilities: Where Government and Utility Services Redefine Resilience – Part One

2018

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Part Two—Critical Facilities: Where Government and Utility Services Redefine Resilience

2018

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Collaborating for Puerto Rico’s Energy Transformation

2018

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Schools Stronger than Storms

2018

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The Islands Energy Program is hosting a number of RFPs and RFQs

2018

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Public Collaborative for Puerto Rico’s Energy Future

2018

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CARILEC Renewable Energy Community

2018

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Solar Under Storm: Designing Hurricane-Resilient PV Systems

2018

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The Islands Energy Program supports the development of over 20 projects

2018

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Mayreau Microgrid Project Kicks Off

2018

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Clinton Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute to Coordinate Renewable Energy Push in Barbuda

2018

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Islands: Ground Zero for the Global Energy Transition

2017

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Developing the Saint Lucia Energy Roadmap

2016

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San Andrés Phase I Visioning Workshop

2016

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Energy Transition Initiative Playbook

2016

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Renewable Microgrids: Profiles from islands and remote communities across the globe

2015

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