The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has embarked on a small-scale funding agreement to accelerate the deployment and utilization of solar water heating (SWH) technologies in the Caribbean Region’s residential, private service sector and public buildings. This effort is part of UNEP’s Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative that is being advanced in close collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands’ Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC).
The study consists of research across eight Caribbean countries: Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago. The main objective of the agreement is to build Knowledge Management (KM) and Networking. A critical component of the program is to deploy the UNEP SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment tool to analyze SWH market conditions consistently across all countries.
The four main tasks to be completed under this study by December 2015 are:
UNEP, CGTC, and a network of global and regional partners, such as the United Nations Development Program and the International Copper Association have been working to co-coordinate the delivery of these studies and its various country specific SWH activities.