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MPC Doubling Dominican Solar Plant Capacity (Int'l. Report)
MPC Caribbean Clean Energy
Date: 2021-06-14
St. Michaels, Barbados-based MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd. reports it and its partners plan to double the power generating capacity at its newly acquired Monte Plata solar plant in the Dominican Republic from 34 MW to 74 MW by 2022. The expansion will be financed by Dutch and German development finance institutions FMO and DEG.

MPC Caribbean partnered with Ansa McAL of Trinidad & Tobago and two other unnamed investors from Dominican Republic and Canada on the Monte Plata acquisition. The price paid to the seller of the plant, United Renewable Energy Company Limited of Taiwan, was also not disclosed.

Monte Plata currently sells its 33.4 MW total capacity to the state-owned Dominican Corporation of State Electrical Companies under a 20-year PPA.

MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Fund holds operational solar and wind assets in Jamaica, Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. (Source: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd., Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MPC Caribbean Clean Energy,  Solar,  

Renewables Battery Energy Storage Slated for Dominica (Int'l)
Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund
Date: 2021-05-10
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) funded UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) reports the signing of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to construct a 5-mw/2.5 mWh battery energy storage system worth $50 million in Dominica. The battery-only project, in part financed by the Dominican government, is the first of its type under the CREF programme and complements existing and ongoing renewable energy generation projects in Dominica, enabling an increased share of renewable energy deployment without adverse impact to the grid.

Under the UAE-CREF initiative, clean energy projects in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were inaugurated in March 2019. UAE-CREF intends to deploy renewable energy projects in 16 Caribbean countries in three cycles to reduce energy costs, increase energy access, and enhance climate resilience. (Source: Masdar, PR, Utilities, May, 2021) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  

Barbados Consideing Renewable Energy Options (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2021-04-26
In Bridgetown, the Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship reports it is considering various options for the island nation of 287,000 residents to meet its National Energy Policy target of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030. To that end, the Ministry is reviewing a recently completed feasibility study from global energy engineering consultancy and asset management specialist ITPEnergised to identify alternative energy sources for the island.

ITPEnergised, supported by local and international experts, considered wave energy and other ocean energy options as well fixed offshore, floating offshore wind and ocean thermal energy conversion projects from a technical, environmental and logistical perspective as well local supply chain, connectivity to the electricity grid, tourism impact and various financial and other considerations to determine the practicality of these technologies in Barbados.

After reviewing 16 possible ocean energy project sits the report concluded wave and ocean energy was not suitable for Barbados due to the level of "commercial-scale un-readiness" and recommended development of fixed and floating offshore wind turbine systems located off the island's north coast. (Source: Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Jamaica leaner, 24 Apr., 2021) Contact: ITPEnergised, +44 (0) 20 7081 2846,,; Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship,

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Caribbean Clean Energy Snares El Salvador Solar Park (Int'l., M&A)
Caribbean Clean Energy
Date: 2021-01-04
Barbados-based MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd is reporting the purchase of the 6.4 MW San Isidro solar park in San Isidro, El Salvador for an undisclosed price. The acquisition is subject to customary conditions and is expected to be closed in Q1 2021.

The solar park is expected to begin commercial operations later this month and will help eliminate an estimated 36,000 tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions throughout its lifetime. (Source: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy, PR, Jamaica Observer, Jan., 2021) Contact: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd.,,

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Barbados Pursuing Bioenergy to Meet Renewables Goals (Int'l)
Date: 2019-05-22
According to the Barbados Advocate, the Bridgetown-based non-profit organization Design Council SIDS, the island nation can play a leading role in the adoption and use of bioenergy. That's according to Industrial Designer Mark Hill as he revealed that they are in the process of commissioning a 250-kilowatt Chicken Manure Biogas Plant in St. Lucy, and plans for a plastics-to-energy project, as well as a 1 MW biogas facility for food waste and a 1.5 MW ryngas project on the island.

"We can and will lead in bio-energy, in particular the production of biomethane/renewable natural gas, the production of wood pellets, syngas, and we will fully explore the economic potential in these resources in order to meet the goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals," Hill said in an address to the recent Bio-Digestion: Benefits to Barbados conference in Bridgetown. Presently only an estimated 4 pct to 6 pct of Barbados' energy needs are being met by renewable. (Source: Barbados Design Council SIDS, Barbados Advocate, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Design Council SIDS, Mark Hill,

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UAE-Carib. Renewable Energy Fund Supports Caribbean Solar (Int'l)
UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund
Date: 2019-04-29
The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) is reporting funding for three solar power projects in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The $50 million UAE-CREF is a partnership between the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar). The fund is the largest renewable energy initiative of its kind in the region,

The three projects, all of which broke ground in November, 2019, will deliver 2.35MW of solar and 637kWh of battery storage capacity, while displacing more than 2.6 million tpy of CO2 and saving over 895,000 lpy, worth about $1.1 million, in diesel fuel.

The UAE-CREF was launched in 2017 and intends to deploy renewable energy projects in 16 Caribbean countries in three cycles to reduce energy costs, increase energy access, and enhance climate resilience. UAE foreign aid for renewable energy projects now totals almost $1 billion since 2013, supporting more than 40 countries. (Source: UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, PR, April, 2019) Contact: UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund,,

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India's CO2 Emissions Projected to Grow 6.3 pct (Int'l Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-12-14
The international interdisciplinary Earth System Science Data (ESSD) journal reports CO2 emissions in India grew at an average annual rate of 5.2 pct during 2008-2017 and are expected to grow even higher in 2018. Suggesting that this growth is higher than China's CO2 emissions, an increase of 3.0 pct. While the global average for the EU countries by 1.8 pct.

According to the study, over the past decade fossil fuel CO2 emissions decreased "significantly" in 25 countries -- Aruba, Barbados, Croatia, Czech Republic, North Korea, Denmark, France, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the US, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela. Notable was Germany, whose emissions did not decrease significantly.

The study notes that growth in global emissions of 1.6 pct in 2017 was within the range of the projected growth of 2.0 pct (range of 0.8 to 3.0 pct) based on national emission projections for China, the US, and India and projections of gross domestic product corrected for fossil fuel carbon intensity of the economy (IFF trends) for the rest of the world. (Source: Counterview News Blog, 11 Dec., 2018)

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