Caribbean Clean Energy Program

  • With abundant natural resources and expensive fossil fuels, Caribbean countries have a strong incentive to be at the forefront of renewable energy development.

  • The Caribbean’s hotel sector is the largest economic driver in the region but also the leading energy consumer sector.

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Caribbean island nations are heavily dependent on imported oil to meet their energy needs. Even after recent oil price declined, regional electricity prices remain among the highest in the Western Hemisphere, restricting economic development and energy access levels, especially among marginal groups and female-headed households. This lack of energy security also inhibits progress towards the region’s environmental and climate change goals — issues exacerbated by outdated power grid infrastructure, under-utilized renewable energy resources, small populations, service-oriented economies, and unmet potential for energy efficiency technologies.

CARCEP - Renewable, Efficient Energy
With abundant natural resources and expensive fossil fuels, Caribbean countries have a strong incentive to be at the forefront of renewable energy development.


“Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity, and an environment that allows the world to thrive”




USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program (USAID CARCEP) is a five-year development activity aimed at helping the region to create an enabling environment that promotes investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency for a brighter, more sustainable future. Through regional partnerships, USAID CARCEP assists beneficiary countries in establishing effective policy, legislative and regulatory environments as well as incentives for energy efficiency and low-emission growth in the energy sector. USAID CARCEP also works closely with the private sector to drive investments in clean energy development.

ACTIVITY DURATION: October 1, 2015 – March 31, 2020


  • Improving an enabling environment for clean energy development
  • Optimizing variable renewable energy integration
  • Accelerating private sector clean energy investment
  • Benchmarking energy efficiency in the tourism sector
  • Coordinating and promoting USAID and USG Inter-Agency activities in the energy sector and sharing lessons learned with other island nations
CARCEP - Working in the Caribbean
CARCEP is working in Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Barbuda, Antigua, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbardos, Grenada., St. Vincent and the Grenadines


“Worldwide, about 1.2 billion people have no access to electricity and the development benefits it brings, and 1 billion more have access only to unreliable electricity networks. Nearly 3 billion people rely on traditional biomass (such as wood and charcoal) for cooking and heating.” — United Nations Foundation




Contact Us:

If you would like to make a difference in clean energy in the Caribbean or learn more about this program, USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program would like to hear from you. Connect with us today!

Main Office:
4 Hopefield Avenue, Kingston 10, Jamaica W.I. |+1-876-667-5269

Barbados Office:
Virgin Atantic Bldg. Hastings Main Rd., Hastings, Christ Church, Barbados | +1-246-537-0292