“The Government of Saint Lucia welcomes the partnership of Clinton Climate Initiative and Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room.” So said Dr. James Fletcher, the island’s Minister of Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology.
The Minister was quoted, on the heels of a special meeting announcing the new Clinton Foundation Climate Change Initiatives for Small Island States in the Caribbean and around the world.
He said, “Both organizations have provided meaningful contributions to our country’s energy transition. We are confident their partnership will further accelerate our efforts and the efforts of other island-governments towards a prosperous energy future.”
The Saint Lucia Minister had reason to offer thanks and praise.
The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) — an initiative of the Clinton Foundation — recently announced its official partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Carbon War Room (CWR) to promote a transition to renewable energy and energy-efficiency solutions in the Caribbean region.
The partnership combines the work of the non-profit organization’s complementary initiatives: the Resilient Communities Program of the Clinton Climate Initiative and the joint Ten-Island Challenge of the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Carbon War Room.
Over the past two years, CCI has prepared over 20 renewable energy projects across nine countries (including Saint Lucia), facilitating the groundbreaking of the 24-megawatt Wigton Wind Farm in Jamaica and working with the UN Development Programme to establish a 1.3-megawatt solar rebate program in the Seychelles.
Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge currently includes: Aruba, the Bahamas, Colombia (Providencia and San Andrés islands), Grenada, Saint Lucia and the Turks & Caicos Islands, with four more countries expected to join the Ten Island Challenge later this year.
Over the past year, Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room have developed a Caribbean-specific, comprehensive hospital-retrofit guide and corresponding web tool; launched a request for qualifications for a waste-to-energy plant in Saint Lucia; and launched a request for proposals to deploy solar-powered, off-grid, LED street lights in Providencia and San Andrés.