Less than 3% of the energy in the Caribbean comes from renewable sources.

The main obstacles for people to change renewable energy is financing. In St. Vincent we found a company which gives credit so we could invest in solar water heaters and thus reduce our energy bill and carbon footprint.

Water heating accounts for up to 25% of the energy used in a typical household in the Caribbean. We have installed 4 solar water heaters at Richmond Vale Academy. Most of our bathrooms have hot water from solar energy.

How does a Solar Water Heater Work? A solar water heater works with water that flows from the hot water tank through the solar collector where it is heated and returns to the hot water tank. Hot water is then drawn from the tank to supply the kitchen and the showers in the bathrooms.