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2 September 2021
Advancing Policy & Mobilising Investment: The Eastern Caribbean Solar Challenge

Organised by

Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is an international business association with the aim to promote a sustainable decentralised renewable energy industry for the 21st century, activating markets for affordable energy services, and creating local jobs and inclusive economies. ARE enables improved energy access through business development support for more than 185 Members along the whole value chain for off-grid technologies.

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Inter-governmental Organisation dedicated to regional integration in the Eastern Caribbean. The vision of the organisation for 2020-2024 is a better quality of life for the people of the OECS and its mission is to drive and support sustainable development through regional integration. collective action and development cooperation.

The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate and promote unity and solidarity among the Members. The OECS is now an eleven-member grouping comprising the full Member States of Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe as associate members.

The Eastern Caribbean Solar Challenge

Launched in 2021, the Eastern Caribbean Solar Challenge is an initiative of the NDC Finance Initiative which is managed by OECS and the Government of Saint Lucia.  The Eastern Caribbean Solar Challenge seeks to increase the use and visibility of solar energy in the OECS Member States by 2023 through the combined efforts of governments, development partners, the regional and international private sector and households.

Supported by

The Caribbean NDC Finance Initiative (NDCFI)

The Caribbean NDC Finance Initiative (NDCFI) is a joint initiative of the OECS Commission and the Government of Saint Lucia.

The NDCFI was established with the support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and under the auspices of the NDC Partnership, with initial funding from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ. It was formally launched in 2017.


As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ is dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world.

GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. To put it another way, GIZ is a federal enterprise that supports change – for Germany and around the globe. To achieve sustainable change, GIZ promotes international education work and human capacity development. GIZ works with its partners to devise learning processes and then realise these jointly – to ensure that partner country capacities flourish in the long term and that project results are sustainable.


GET.invest is a European programme which supports investments in decentralised renewable energy. The programme targets private sector business and project developers, financiers and regulators to build sustainable energy markets in developing countries. Services include market information, a funding database, matchmaking events and access-to-finance advisory. The programme is supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, and works closely with initiatives and business associations in the energy sector. 

GET.invest is supported by

Caribbean Development Bank

The Caribbean Development Bank is a regional financial institution established in 1970 for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of its Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs). In addition to the 19 BMCs, CDB’s membership includes four regional, non-borrowing members (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela) and five non-regional, non-borrowing members (Canada, China, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom). CDB’s total assets as at December 31, 2020 stood at US$3.64 billion (bn). These include US$2.12 bn of Ordinary Capital Resources and US$1.52 bn of Special Funds Resources. The Bank is rated Aa1 Stable by Moody’s, AA+ Stable by Standard & Poor’s and AA+ Negative by Fitch Ratings. Read more at caribank.org.

Closed since 2 September 2021
Organised by
Participants 389
Meetings 45
Consultancy  51
Other  50
Government Agency/Programme  50
SME  44
Development Organisation 36
NGO  33
Industry  30
Start-up  28
Academia/Research  26
Investor/Finance  22
Association  13
Development Bank  11
Electric Cooperative  8
Civil Society 5
Total 407