COMMITMENT TO ACTION

Renewable Energy for Reconstruction in Dominica and Antigua & Barbuda

Commitment by United Arab Emirates

In 2018, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in partnership with the Governments of Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica, committed $6 million for renewable energy projects on Barbuda and Dominica to rebuild the islands' energy systems in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This funding will be provided through the UAE's $50 million Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund. In Barbuda, the UAE will support a solar + storage project that constitutes the first phase of the island's power system reconstruction. In Dominica, the UAE's grant will fund a battery storage project that will support the country's existing hydro plants, as well as a future 7MW geothermal plant. These projects will reduce the islands' power costs, while making their energy systems more sustainable and resilient for the future.



Overview
Summary

Commitment

Renewable Energy for Reconstruction in Dominica and Antigua & Barbuda

Launched

2018

Est. Duration

1 Year

Estimated Total Value

$9,000,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean

Countries

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA; DOMINICA

Commitment by

United Arab Emirates

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Vince Henderson; Conrad Hunte
Details

To address these challenges, the United Arab Emirates, under its UAE-Caribbean Renewably Energy Fund, will fund renewable energy power system hardware in Dominica and Barbuda on a grant basis to enable reconstruction and lower power costs. The estimated total value of both projects is approximately $6 million. In Barbuda, the grant will finance a solar PV and battery solution that constitutes the first phase of power system reconstruction. For Dominica, the commitment will provide a battery storage project to support the country's upcoming geothermal project, which will be Dominica's first Independent Power Producer, with a generating capacity of 7MW, as well as existing hydro plants. These projects were identified in cooperation with the governments of both Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica.

The UAE aims to finalize the scope of work in Barbuda (solar PV and lithium-ion battery storage) and Dominica (battery storage) within Q2 2018, allowing procurement to begin shortly thereafter. The start of construction will depend on confirmation of land availability and grid interconnection by the partner governments, but the estimated construction requirement is 9 months for Dominica and 12 months for Antigua and Barbuda.

Background

Dominica and Barbuda are two islands that were heavily damaged during the 2017 hurricane season and require assistance to rebuild their energy systems in a more resilient way. Hurricane Irma passed directly over Barbuda, knocking out the entire electrical grid and damaging approximately 95% of all structures. Dominica experienced a direct hit from Hurricane Maria where the electrical grid was also taken out and more than 80% of infrastructure was damaged. The destruction of the power systems, high cost of rebuilding, and need for renewable energy to replace older grid systems have created a need for significant support for these countries, to facilitate both the immediate recovery from the storms and the long-term sustainability of these countries' energy sectors.

Partnership Opportunities

The UAE welcomes additional partners to scale up this work, particularly for the second phase of power system reconstruction on Barbuda. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is offering financial and technical support to the governments of Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica to procure solar PV and storage systems for their respective countries.

Progress Reports

December 2018

Subject to the original commitment, the UAE has raised an additional $3 million for the rebuild of the Barbuda power system. Of that amount, $1.5m comes from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, $1m is from the CARICOM Development Fund, and $0.5m is from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As a result of the new funding, the project scope has been expanded to include relocation and upgrade of the existing power system, as well as additional resilience measures, to be undertaken simultaneous with the solar and battery components. The feasibility study for the project is completed and under review by the government. Procurement is expected to begin in Q1 2019.

In Dominica, the UAE CREF will fund the construction of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) which will directly support the integration of the upcoming Geothermal Plant to be constructed by the Dominica government. The battery system will enable increased renewable energy penetration of the exiting hydro generation and the future geothermal plant by enabling a significant reduction in the diesel spinning reverse and providing grid stability for utility grid. Preliminary engineering and project sizing is underway with procurement of the BESS expected in Q2 2019.