The Bahamas


The Bahamas, officially the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is an independent, sovereign, English-speaking country consisting of two thousand cays and seven hundred islands that form an archipelago. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the United States; north of Cuba, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic & Haiti) and the Caribbean Sea; and northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Its size is almost 14,000 km² with an estimated population of 330,000. Its capital is Nassau. It remains a Commonwealth realm.

The Bahamas depends on imported petroleum products to satisfy over 99% of its consumer energy demand. It is realized that renewable energy technologies are a means to sustain vulnerable ecosystem services in the country as a small island developing state as well as to meet national energy needs.

Renewable energy sources or technologies represent a negligible contribution to the national energy mix. Two main players, the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (“BEC”) and the Freeport Power Company, supply virtually all the Commonwealth’s electricity needs.

The current Electricity Act does not promote RE use, which is a barrier to the development of renewable energy in the country.

Potential renewable energy resources include waste-to-energy, solar (hot water and power generation by photovoltaic systems), wind and tidal resources.

Some Achievements:

  • -Establishment of National Energy Policy Committee
  • The Bahamas National Energy Policy
  • -A $600,000 biodiesel plant was installed at Bahamas Waste Gladstone Road headquarters on August 19, 2010.
  • -Solar Street Lighting on Grand Bahama
  • -Solar Lights at Airfield

CIPORE Focal Point Office

Bryan Taylor
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Trucker Road, Nassau,
Bahamas Work: 242-302-1599
Fax: 242-323-6852

Fast Facts

  • Capital: Nassau
  • Official languages: English
  • Demonym: Bahamian
  • Government: Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
  • Independence: July 10, 1973
  • Area: 13,878 km2 / 5,358 sq mi
  • Population: 330,549 (est 2007)
  • Currency: Bahamas Dollar

RE Snapshot

  • RE Interests: Solar,wind, waste-to-energy, tidal, biofuels
  • RE Target: Not Yet Announced (NYA)
  • Utility Company: Bahamas Electricity Corporation and the Freeport Power Company
  • RE in Grid Supply: No
  • Energy Institutions: Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Freeport Power Company, National Energy policy Committee, Ministry of Environment

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