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Carbon War Room: Caribbean Islands Agree to Swap Diesel for Renewable Sources

Seven Caribbean nations committed to give up fossil fuels in favor of renewable power as part of the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Renewable Challenge.

The British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and Turks & Caicos joined Aruba in the campaign with Grenada joining several weeks later. The islands made the commitments at Creating Climate Wealth (CCW) Necker, the recent Summit and workshops where several nations also pledged to undertake individual projects to make schools, hospitals, and components of other sectors more efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels.

CCW Necker was held by the Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute on Sir Richard Branson’s private isle, which will serve as a demonstration site for the Ten Island Renewable Challenge. NRG Energy won the contract to develop a renewables-driven micro-grid on Necker Island to satisfy 75% of its energy needs through solar, wind, and battery technologies, Sir Richard and Virgin Limited Edition revealed at the Summit.

“What we hope to do is use Necker as a test island to show how it can be done,” said Sir Richard, who is the founder of the Virgin Group and a co-founder of the 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.

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