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The 2017 CARILEC Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition, which is being held under the theme "Igniting the Utility Transition: RE-fueling our Drive to Sustainable Energy" is one of our fast growing conferences.  Join industry experts and innovators as we meet to discuss the issues and solutions surrounding the industry.

Date: September 17th - 22nd, 2017                        

Visa Requirements for Suriname


Suriname is considered an area at risk for yellow fever and requires a yellow fever vaccination certificate at entry for all travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever. Please be advised that all persons travelling to Suriname are required to take the yellow fever shot at least 10 days before your proposed day of travel.  

We ask that you please verify your country's status with respect to the Yellow Fever Vaccination.


Who Attends
Electric utilities 



Energy leaders and experts


Project managers

International organizations and academia


Your Registration Fee Includes:

- All sessions & Welcome package

-Coffee Break & Lunch ( Monday 18th - Tuesday19th)

- Sunday 17th - Opening Ceremony & Reception

- Wednesday 20th - Technical Tour to the Hydro and Solar Plant

Sunday September 17, 2017 – Meeting of the CARILEC Board of Directors- BOD Members Only



The following list of topics illustrates the scope of the conference.   

  • Renewable Energy Resources And Technologies: Developments and Applications In The Caribbean
  • The Enabling Environment: Legislation, Policy And Regulations
  • Planning For Renewable Energy: Developing The Integrated Resource Plan
  • Achieving  High Renewable Energy Penetration
  • Transitioning To 100% RE - What Are The Possibilities For The Caribbean
  • Renewable Energy Technology And Knowledge Transfer
  • Renewable Energy Deployment- The Next Steps For The Caribbean
  • Renewable Energy Grid Integration
  • Emerging RE Market Opportunities & Challenges
  • Renewable Energy Project Development  And Financing
  • Grid Modeling And Analysis For Renewable Penetration Maximization
  • Distributed Energy Resources: Solution, Challenge or Both
  • Distributed Energy Resources And Microgrids: Applications, Technologies, And Economics
  • Value Of Distributed Energy Resources To The Distribution System
  • The Microgrid – Practical Steps For Utilities
  • Energy Storage: Technical, Economic, And Regulatory Challenges
  • Energy Efficiency And The Electric Utility: What Are The Realities
  • Strategies For Improving Energy Efficiency
  • The Energy-Water Nexus: Implications For Electric Utilities
  • Smart Grid – Renewable Energy Deployment Enabler
  • Smart Metering
  • Electric Vehicles (EV) In The Caribbean - The Pros And Cons 



Thursday September 21, 2017: Training Sponsored by USAID, CARCEP (FREE)

8:30am - 12:30pm  Energy Efficiency; Strategies for Improving Energy Efficiency

2:00am - 4:30pm    Energy Storage:

Friday September 22, 2017: Training sponsored by CARILEC Renewable Energy Community (CAREC) (FREE)

8:30am - 4:30pm    Distributed Generation and Energy Storage



Exhibition Registration (UPDATED)

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Sunday 17th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th September 2017 , 8:00am to 4:30pm

Information to be updated as it becomes available.


You will be staying at ……

Royal Torarica Hotel & Casino

 Kleine Water St, Paramaribo


Room rates

Standard Garden View Room-  US$110

Standard River View Room – US$110

Deluxe Garden View Room– US$150


Net rates are inclusive of breakfast and taxes.



Reservations must be made via this link

Cut off date for reservations is August 18th.   Bookings made after this date will be based upon availability.

All guests must make reservations directly with the Hotel. 


  1. ABB
  2. Anton De Kom Universiteit Van Suriname
  3. Belize Electricity Limited
  4. Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten
  5. BWSC A/S
  6. Cabe and Wireless Communications Ltd
  9. DFID
  10. Dominica Electricity Services Limited
  11. GIZ
  12. Grenada Electricity Services Ltd
  13. Guyana Power & Light Inc.
  14. Institute for Graduate Studies and Research - Suriname
  15. Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd
  16. Navigant
  17. Nucapital Curacao B.V
  18. N.V. Energiebedrijven Suriname
  19. Rocky Mountain Institute
  20. Saft America, Inc.
  21. SMA Sunbelt GmbH
  22. SOL Caribbean Ltd
  23. SOL Suriname N.V
  24. St. Kitts Electricity Company Ltd
  25. St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd
  26. St. Vincent Electricity Services Ltd
  27. TESLA
  28. The Barbados Light & Power Company Ltd
  29. USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program
  30. Utilities Aruba N.V
  31. Virgin Islands Water And Power Authority
  32. Wexworth LLC
  33. Wigton Windfarm Ltd
  34. WSP
  • Ray Brown Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd
    Engineering and Business Development Manager
  • Jim Mc Dowall Saft America Inc
    Business Development Manager
  • Simon Zellner GIZ
    Energy Finance Advisor, REETA Project
  • Miles Plaskett Duane Morris
  • Benedikt Bohm Dhybrid Power Systems Gmbh
  • Martyn Forde Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Moishe Steinbok Barbados Light & Power Company Limited
    Mechanical Engineer
  • Barbara O'Neill National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Grid Integration Manager
  • Jesus Martinez-Cantu SMA Sunbelt Gmgh
    Business Development and Sales Manager
  • Shamir Bakridi NV EBS
    Project Manger of Utility Scale Solar PV Plants
  • Jerry Aseja NV EBS
    Chief Electrical Engineer
  • Rudi Henri Van Els University of Brasilia
    Lecturer - Energy Engineering Course
  • When

    Sunday 17th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th September 2017 , 8:00am to 4:30pm


    Royal Torarica Hotel & Casino

    Kleine Water St, Paramaribo



    About Suriname

    Suriname is a small country on the northeastern coast of South America. It's defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture and a melting-pot culture. On its Atlantic coast is the capital, Paramaribo, where palm gardens grow near Fort Zeelandia, a 17th-century trading post. Paramaribo is also home to Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, a towering wood cathedral consecrated in 1885.



    The climate is tropical and moist. Daytime temperatures range from 28–32°c (82–90°f). At night the temperature drops as low as 21°c (70°f) because of the moderating influence of the north-east trade winds, which blow in from the sea all year. The annual rainfall in Paramaribo is about 230 cm (90 in). May to August is the main rainy season, with a lesser rainy season from November to February.



    The Suriname guilder (sf) is a paper currency of 100 cents. There are coins of 1, 5, 10, and 25 cents, and notes of 5, 10, 25, 100, and 500 guilders. sf1 = $0.00037 (or $1 = sf2700) as of 2005.



    The official language is Dutch, but English is widely spoken, and the local people use a lingua franca known as Sranang-Tongo or Takki-Takki, a mixture of Dutch, African, and other languages. Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Javanese, and several Chinese, Amerindian, and African languages and dialects are also spoken.


    Electrical sockets (outlets) in Suriname usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.  In Suriname the power sockets are of type A, B, C and F. The standard voltage is 110 / 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.