Through the collaboration of the Carbon War Room founded by Sir Richard Branson and the Rocky Mountain Institute, the “Ten Island Renewable Challenge” has been birthed in the hopes of reducing the Caribbean’s reliance on fossil fuels. The countries included in this initiative are as follows:
- The British Virgin Isles
- Colombia for the Islands of Providencia and San Andres (Caribbean)
- Turks & Caicos
- St.Kitts & Nevis
Necker Island which is owned by Sir Richard Branson will be used as a pilot for the Caribbean renewable energy initiative. The contract for transitioning Necker island from diesel to renewables has be awarded to US energy giant NRG.
“What we hope to do is use Necker as a test island to show how it can be done,” said Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group and Carbon War Room. “The only way we’re going to win this war is by creative entrepreneurship,” to make the price of clean energy cheaper than that of energy from fossil fuels.
The announcement of the win for NRG comes in the wake of the Renewable Energy summit which was held in the British Virgin Islands and was spearheaded by Sir Richard’s Carbon War room. At the recently concluded summit were representatives from 12 countries as well as CEOs and executives from over 30 corporations worldwide. Some of the bodies in attendance were Vestas, NRG, The World Bank, Philips & the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
“We see these first demonstrable projects as a pre-cursor to unlocking the barriers to scaling renewables across the Caribbean over the next two years,” said Jose Maria Figueres, president of Carbon War Room.