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Pilot Project on the Use of Renewable Energy Technologies in Trinidad and Tobago – Introduction of Solar Water Heating Systems in the Tourism (Host Home) Sector. (TRI/bpTT/06/01)

A joint initiative of Enill’s Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Public Utilities and the Environment, the Tobago House of Assembly, the Tourism Development Company, bpTT and the T&T Solar Energy Society.


Solar heating systems were installed in bed and breakfast homes both in Trinidad and in Tobago through the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Environment Facility/Small Grants Programme.(GEF/SGP).


The host homes in the programme included Chateau Guillaumme, Arima; Home Sweet Home, Fondes Amandes, St Ann’s; Leo’s Place, Trincity; Le Grande Almandier, Grande Riviere; Second Spring, Blanchisseuse and Sand Dollar, Mayaro.


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Grantee: Trinidad Host Home Association – THHA (Non-government Organization)
Focal Area: Climate Change
Op. Program: OP6 – Promoting the Adoption of Renewable Energy by Removing Barriers and Reducing Implementation Costs
Project Type: Full
Operational Phase: Phase 3
Dates: 1/2006 – 4/2008
Grant Amount: 0,00 USD
Project Status: Currently under execution
Project Types: Demonstration

Project Details & Results

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI), Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT), has articulated a vision on the introduction of renewable energy sources to supplement existing hydrocarbon-based sources of energy in the promotion of sustainable development. Consultation among the MEEI, the Tourism Development Company Ltd. (TDC), bpTT and UNDP identified the Tourism (Host Home) Sector as an appropriate opportunity to pilot a renewable energy project, the outcomes of which would help to inform a national renewable energy policy and programme. To this end, the UNDP-implemented Global Environment Facility – Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) facilitated the development of a pilot project with the Tobago Bed and Breakfast Association (TBBA) and the Trinidad Host Home Association (THHA) respectively, on the substitution of electric water heaters in member host-home facilities with solar water heater systems. This project is 100% co-funded, through contributions from bpTT, the MEEI and the TDC to UNDP towards the implementation of the TBBA/THHA pilot project. GEF/SGP personnel will have the responsibility for project oversight and liaison with the donors and implementing organisations.

Policy Impact
The proposed Pilot Solar Water Heating Project in Trinidad and Tobago is being implemented mainly to provide the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago with first hand information and knowledge on system performance and efficiencies to be obtained from this solar energy application. The information will influence the formulation of a national renewable energy policy and programme for the country.

Inovative Financial Mechanisms
The project is 100% co-funded to a total of US$54,848 among 3 donors: 2 Government agencies (Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries; Tourism Development Company) and bpTT, the local office of BP, an international private-sector company.

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