This regional assessment report applies the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessments Methodology in eight Caribbean countries: Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. It is recommended that the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Report be read in parallel with this report.
The assessment report highlights that solar water heating (SWH) systems can be highly cost-effective across the Caribbean, taking advantage of the region’s abundant solar resource. The report remarks that persistent barriers to SWH adoption remain across many Caribbean countries, such as financial barriers, weak enabling policy environments, lack of public awareness, and small and fragmented SWH industries.
Based on the findings after the eight TechScope assessments, the report concludes that significant opportunities still exist for Caribbean islands to support deployment of SWH, particularly in the residential and tourism sectors, and it provides several recommendations to improve SWH uptake in the Caribbena region, such as boost data collection efforts to better establish SWH installation baselines, export regional best practices in public outreach campaigns, coordinate and support a regional SWH clearing house for sharing industry best practices, explore the implementation of phased building mandates, strengthen SWH financing schemes and other fiscal incentives to promote SWH investments, and explore the creation of a regional SWH testing and certification scheme for the Caribbean region.
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