Grenadine island, Union Island, is set to be one of the first Caribbean islands to embark on United Arab Emirates-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) according to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC).

The under US$50 million project designed by Masdar along with the government is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2019. The Union Island site will feature a 600 kW PV project connected to a 500-kWh lithium-ion battery that is expected to supply all of the island’s daytime power needs. The UAE-CREF is anticipated to be the largest renewable energy initiative of it’s kind here in the Caribbean. The other two countries that will join Union Island in being one of the first islands to embark on this project will be Barbados and Bahamas.

Reem Al Hashimy, UAE minister of state for international cooperation, said: “The renewable energy project underway in St Vincent and the Grenadines further make the business case for sustainable development and UAE-Caribbean cooperation. It will create jobs and reduce energy costs to stimulate the local economy, while also incorporating concrete measures to address the reality of climate and hurricane risk.”