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CARIBBEAN-EU funding regional energy project

The European Union is providing a Euro 1.3 million (US$1.7 million) for a Caribbean Renewable Energy Capacity Support CRECS) project over a 14 month period.

A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat statement said that the project is designed to increase the deployment of renewable energy at national levels within the 15-member CARICOM grouping and the Dominica Republic, referred to as the CARIFORUM countries.

It said that the project will assist through the creation of enabling policy, regulatory and legislative framework.

The CRECS project involves a menu of activities and outputs aimed at addressing the identified barriers to the use of renewable energy and increasing renewable energy investments in the 16 CARIFORUM countries.

Some of the key activities to be undertaken over the 14 month period include drafting model legislation governing electricity and energy supply with renewable energy focus; assisting member states in formulating or amending national electricity and energy supply laws using the model legislation as a guide and implementing renewable energy modules in relevant post graduate programmes in regional universities and tertiary institutions.

It will also allow for conducting a baseline study of Haiti’s energy sector and developing a strategy to transition the sector as well as develop a regional strategy to foster the increased use of solar water heating in the public sector.

Source: CSME News Network



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