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Turks and Caicos Joins Carbon War Room

October 23, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

BVI Energy ManageTurks & Caicos signed a memorandum of understanding to advance renewable energy by joining the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge.

The Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Rocky Mountain Institute, will provide a range of technical, project management, communications, and business advisory support services to Turks & Caicos.

The Ten Island Challenge works to accelerate the transition of Caribbean island economies from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to renewable resources. Caribbean economies suffer from some of the highest electricity prices in the world. Despite an abundance of sun and wind, the islands have implemented relatively low amounts of renewables to date. The Ten Island Challenge, with partners Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute, is tackling this by identifying the technical and commercial solutions that can facilitate low-carbon energy use in the Caribbean.

In 2013, Branson committed his home of Necker Island, British Virgin Islands to serve as a ‘demo’ island in the Challenge, and, in February of this year, US energy giant NRG Energy was awarded the contract to transition the island to renewables.

Photo: BVI via Shutterstock

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