Grenada

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Grenada is located north of Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela, and south of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It comprises the islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique which are apart of the islands of the Grenadines. The total area is 344 km2 with an estimated population in 2005 of 110,000.


Grenada is called “The Spice Isle” because it is a leading producer of several different spices especially nutmeg, providing 20% of the world supply are all important exports.


Grenada resorts that are Green Globe certified include Spice Island Beach Resort and Blue Horizons Garden Resort (2006). In 2007, Paradise Bay Resort was the first resort in Caricom to install a windmill to produce their electricity.


Grenada receives preferential terms to buy fuel under the Petrocaribe accord and received its first barrel in 2007.


A National Energy Policy has been finalised after over 18 months of widespread consultation with stakeholders. The energy policy is based on six core objectives:
(i) ensuring energy security,
(ii) achieving energy independence,
(iii) maximising energy efficiency,
(iv) promoting energy conservation,
(v) achieving environmental sustainability through “green energy” and
(vi) minimising energy costs.


The ultimate goal of Grenada’s National Energy Policy (GNEP) is to access and provide affordable, reliable, clean and sustainable energy sources and services to drive and secure national development, and improve the quality of life for all of its citizens.


With regard to renewable resources, preliminary geochemical data has indicated that Grenada may possess geothermal resources of medium enthalpy in the Mount St. Catherine area and the government has signalled its desire to aggressively pursue this resource. A Geothermal Energy Committee has been formed and negotitaions have commenced with GRENLEC on a Resource Agreement and a Geothermal Bill is being drafted.


To date, GRENSOL has installed over 34 grid-connected and standalone systems, with a total installed capacity of over 100 kWp, which produced 184,000 kWh of electricity in 2008. In the larger context, this total, which is one-tenth of 1% of electricity consumed in Grenada, represents for the moment a negligible contribution of renewables to Grenada’s energy portfolio.


GRENLEC’s projections of future generation capacity show 6 MW of wind capacity in place in 2013. The company is considering wind/diesel/solar hybrid power as feasible options for providing significant amounts of energy to Carriacou and Petit Martinique. The Government of Grenada has submitted a funding request to the ACP-EU Energy Facility to support this renewable energy project in the sister islands.


The Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority is very keen to be able to dispose of municipal solid waste by an environmentally acceptable method that simultaneously produces energy. A recent study commissioned by the GSWMA has identified a potential WTE project with a projected capital cost of US$48M after comparing three options: (i) mass incineration, (ii) high heating value incineration and (iii) gasification.


The Government launched a public sector energy conservation programme in early 2010 and has accumulated baseline data on energy consumption at the Ministry level. The goal being to reduce energy consumption (electricity and transport) by 10% by Q4, 2012, using 2009 as a base year. The effectiveness of this on-going programme will be reviewed at the end of 2010.


Institutional Strengthening

It is evident that the Governmemt must increase its capacity to implement the national energy policy. One of the recommendations contained within the NEP is to transform the Energy Division into a National Sustainable Energy Office.


Some Achievements:


  • -Grenada National Energy Policy (2010)
  • -Establishment of a Geothermal Energy Committee
  • -Geothermal Bill being drafted
  • -GRENSOL has installed over 34 grid-connected and standalone systems, with a total capacity of over 100kW (1% of the electricity consumed in Grenada)
  • -Public sector energy conservation programme launched in 2010.



CIPORE Focal Point Office

Ministry of Finance, Planning, Energy, Foreign Trade & Co-operatives

Financial Complex,

The Carenage, St. George’s,

Grenada, W.I.

Tel: 473-435-8708 ext 12021

Fax: 473-440-4115


Email: support@cipore.org





Fast Facts

  • Capital: St. George’s
  • Official Languages: English, Patois
  • Demonym: Grenadian
  • Government: Parliamentary democracy under constitutional monarchy
  • Independence: February 7, 1974
  • Area: 344 km2 /132.8 sq mi
  • Population: 110,000 (est 2005)
  • Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)


RE Snapshot

  • RE Interests: Wind, geothermal, biomass and solar.
  • RE Target: Grenada: 10% by 2013 and 20% by 2017 (est. by GRENLEC 2008) Carriacou and PM: 40% by 2011 (est. by GRENLEC 2008)
  • Utility Company: Grenada Electricity Services Limited (GRENLEC)
  • RE in Grid Supply: No (Interconnection Policy developed by GRENLEC 2008)
  • Energy Institutions: Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries, Public Utilities and Energy has responsibility for renewable energy matters. Grenada Electricity Services Limited (GRENLEC) is the sole power provider for the island and the districts of Carriacou and Petit Martinique.The National Importing Board (MNIB) has responsibility for the energy sector and related policy formulation. It is the only ministry in any of the OECS states with its own internal energy agency as a government authority.



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