With less than a month and a half away (April 20-21), the Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo continues to evolve beyond what any of us had ever envisioned.  The feedback we’re receiving from exhibitors, sponsors, and fellow organizers is incredibly encouraging, and we just wanted to update you on some of the excitement we’re experiencing over here at USSolar. The Caribbean solar energy market is growing at an exponential rate.

islands from airAs the first and only annual gathering of this scope in Jamaica, this Alternative Energy Expo will feature 2 days of learning, sharing, and networking as attendees and exhibitors map out the island nation’s solar future and continuing role as one of the renewable energy pioneers in the region.

Although countless countries throughout the Caribbean have enviable year-round sunshine and potentially crippling trade deficits in imported oil, Jamaica continues to lead the way with its commitment to green legislation – a byproduct of its active political and constituent communities.  Already, Jamaica has voted in a number of sweeping reforms to help bolster island-wide solar PV adoption (you can read about some of those blogs here.)

But with this inaugural expo, our goal is to help the country:

  • enact mandatory green building codes
  • establish even stricter renewable      energy goals
  • standardize PV installation training      requirements
  • retrofit millions of outdated      structures for greater efficiency

Success in any or all of the above will ensure Jamaica’s continued dominance as a solar PV player within the region – and potentially create a workable template for neighboring countries to follow as they transition to greener and more sustainable economies.

But the Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo isn’t simply about policy and roadmaps.  The event will also showcase a range of emerging technologies and cutting-edge