Antigua and Barbuda possesses abundant renewable energy resources, including considerable solar, wind, biomass and ocean potential. The challenges in harnessing these resources are significant, with investments in renewables facing financial, technological, environmental and other barriers.
Yet, the Caribbean island country has achieved considerable progress within a short time, with the renewable energy supply approaching 20% of peak electricity demand by 2016. A recent study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) confirmed the feasibility of integrating at least 37.5 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation onto the grid on Antigua.
This Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) presents a set of clear and practical steps for Antigua and Barbuda to maximise renewables in the energy mix.
A Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) identifies the actions needed to overcome a country’s barriers to renewable energy deployment, with IRENA providing technical support and expertise to facilitate consultations among different national stakeholders. While the process helps to shape appropriate policy and regulatory choices, each country determines which renewable energy sources and technologies are relevant and consistent with national priorities.