Islands is by invitation only for the most pioneering Caribbean nations. You will be joined at the event by the best finance institutions and top-tier renewable energy providers the world has to offer. Aside from giving insight into finance, best-practices and know-how to execute more renewable projects in your country, the Carbon War Room—in partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute—is at hand to help you implement renewable solutions in schools, hospitals, resorts, public transport, and utility scale renewables in your country; projects that will have instant appeal to your constituents and fit well within your energy policy, vision, and needs.
Each workshop will seek to develop a project business model that can be replicated across many islands, appealing not only to international finance providers but also the world’s best project developers and engineers. Your representatives will be fully involved in the design and construction of these projects—and can contribute as extensively as you wish. The solutions generated will be designed to provide broad appeal, demonstrating the triple win: environment, economy, and human health and quality of life.
Two years ago, the Carbon War Room identified an opportunity to work with Caribbean islands by facilitating their shift from fossil-fuel-based energy towards efficiency and renewables. The rationale for this was evident: consumers on most islands pay between $0.35 and $0.65US per kWh, a crippling cost for their families and economies.
In May 2013, on Necker Island at Caribbean Challenge Initiative, a fantastic conversation was started between Sir Richard and several Caribbean heads of state about the opportunity that renewable energy offers the Caribbean, the current bottlenecks to getting more renewable projects up and running, and the energy challenges consumers face.
In September, Sir Richard took steps to introduce renewable energy to Necker Island (which will be 80% renewables by 2015). He is personally committed, through the Carbon War Room, to helping countries across the Caribbean overcome their current energy challenges and implement the best renewable energy solutions that make sense for all the population.
In October 2013, non-profit think-and-do tank Rocky Mountain Institute became a partner for the February 2014 event. RMI will share its 30-plus years of expertise with efficiency and renewables and help guide the five focused workshops.