Alternative Energy

Renewable EnergyAlternative energy refers to energy sources that have no undesired consequences such for example fossil fuels or nuclear energy. 




Aim: To establish and implement measures for promoting sustainable development within the buildings sector in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).

Agency: UNEP
Partners: Energy Unit, Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Transport and Works
Duration: 4 years
Cost: US $741,390
Funding: Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Project Background:

The overarching goal of the ESD project is to develop and implement measures to promote sustainable energy development within the building sector, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and create a more efficient energy sector while increasing the use of renewable energy technologies.
The ESD project represents the first regional attempt at piloting energy efficiency improvements in the economy of CARICOM member states and is expected to:

  • Expand the local market for renewable energy technology application for power generation and productive uses.
  • Increase and enhance the local capacity to design, implement and monitor energy projects for sustainable development
  • Create increased awareness and knowledge among stakeholders
  • Enable availability and accessibility of financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects

Proposed Project Activities:

  • Establish an assessment and monitoring system for energy efficiency and renewable energy interventions in buildings
  •         Identification of technologies which can potentially reduce fossil fuel use.


  • Strengthen the national capacity for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Publication of manual on best practices for sustainable energy use in the Buildings Sector.
  • Development of training workshops and seminars on sustainable energy use for buildings to target all personnel involved in the building sector to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy interventions. 


  • Demonstration programme for sustainable energy.
  • Construction of a ‘green’ office building to showcase the various technologies and measures that can be used to reduce energy consumption in buildings.
  • Installation of Solar photovoltaic system at the Argyle International Airport

Project Status:

  • The National Steering Committee was established, and an inception meeting was held in June 2015. Members were selected based on the Project’s recommendations outlined in the Terms of Reference.
  • The Project hosted a workshop on “Simulation tools for Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Buildings” geared towards sensitizing engineers and building modellers on sustainable energy building designs; and in utilizing the RETScreen and eQUEST software packages. Participants were also given the opportunity to use a selection of energy monitoring equipment during a site visit to the Government’s Administrative Building in Kingstown.
  • The Energy Unit is in discussion with the SVG Bureau of Standards (SVGBS) and CROS-Q in relation to developing energy labelling standards for appliances. The SVGBS would have, prior to this project, gathered data and information with regards to developing such standards.
  • Terms of Reference for the ‘green’ office building has been prepared and plans for its design are being discussed.