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CARICOM Commences RE Capacity Support Project

Efforts to increase the deployment of renewable energy at national levels within CARIFORUM (CARICOM’s 14 Member States and Dominican Republic) through the creation of enabling policy, regulatory and legislative frameworks, were recently boosted with grant funding from the European Union.

Earlier this month, the CARICOM Secretariat and the European Union inked a Contribution Agreement which facilitates the implementation of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Capacity Support (CRECS) Project over a 14-month period with grant funds of EURO 1,350,000.

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 that will be undertaken are:

  • 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;
  • implementing renewable energy modules in relevant Masters’ Programmes in regional universities and tertiary institutions;
  • developing Regional Energy Awareness Programme and providing training;
  • supporting energy awareness week in Member States;
  • conducting a baseline study of Haiti’s energy sector and developing a strategy to transition the sector;
  • developing a regional strategy to foster the increased use of solar water heating in the public sector;
  • supporting the preparation of renewable energy projects for carbon financing.

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