The Caribbean’s Economic Future Depends on Building Climate Resilience

By Brian Ellsworth, Emmanuel Joseph

Uniquely vulnerable to extreme weather, island nations are seeking funding for projects to drive development while boosting resilience.

LANCASTER, Barbados — A new kind of house is under construction in the western Barbados district of Lancaster. These homes—152 of them—are powered, and financed, by solar energy. Rooftop solar panels sell energy to the national grid, allowing the houses to be sold below market price to first-time home buyers. And the houses are designed with shatterproof windows and solid concrete walls to withstand Category 3 hurricanes. It’s been a successful project—so the next step is to build more, as many as 5,000. This initiative is part of Roofs to Reefs, the Barbados government’s...

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