Screen Shot 2019-02-19 at 2.33.59 PM.pngJamaica is ideally suited for using renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. The islands are bathed in sunlight with strong winds, providing many opportunities for renewables. Yet the island still depends on expensive, imported fossil fuels that mean Jamaicans have to deal with some of the highest electricity costs in the world . However, things are changing quickly and the government has committed to 50% renewable energy by 2030.

Climate change presents big challenges for the Caribbean. In Puerto Rico, the islands were devastated by the hurricanes of 2017, and many were without power for months. Adopting renewable energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Even more importantly for Jamaica, which emits just 0.02% of global emissions, renewable energy can help adapt to a changing climate and benefit the local economy. By going green, Jamaica can also become more resilient.

The energy transition is happening slowly but surely, and it seems taking advantage of renewable energy could bring a prosperous future for the island. There are many Jamaicans promoting the benefits of renewable energy for their island and these are just a few entrepreneurs working in the private sector. Meet some of the businesses championing sustainable energy for the island. 

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