How soon are Elections for Barbados? Energy Minister hints at goodies during Solar Energy launch in Haggatt Hall

A senator in the PM’s office is making a major case for householders, businesses and hoteliers to outfit their buildings with photovoltaic solar panels to assist government in its efforts to green the economy.

In the foreground, sporting a white shirt and no tie, is current President of the B’dos Chamber of Commerce, Mr Lalu Vaswani

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Energy and Telecommunications, Senator D’Arcy Boyce, alluded to the savings for the country in the long run, during the launch of Williams Evergreen Limited’s 1.4 Megawatt Photovoltaic Project. The event was held recently at Mall Internationale, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael.

The official launching of the Photo Voltaic project, present for the ceremony apart from Sinckler & Beckles was Public Works Minister John Boyce while notably unavailable was Dr Denis Lowe, which would have been very appropriate as Environment Minister and an insult to Williams EverGreen as well as Lowe’s Cabinet colleagues

“We [government] would like to see each of the 35 000 houses in Barbados that have solar water heaters installed, to also consider installing photovoltaic panels. We would also like to see every business…even hoteliers install photovoltaic [panels] on their properties to become more energy efficient,” he stressed.

Senator Boyce also mentioned ongoing work with the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation to outfit the industrial estates with these systems.

So, we are pushing ahead in Government by example. We are about to initiate contracts for 19 government buildings for pilot energy efficiency projects and that [initiative] should be off and running very shortly,” he added.

“I believe that if we are able to convert the energy of the sun into usable affordable electricity we will have a secure future. Electricity will always be in demand and we are already leading the alternative energy industry in Barbados. The further development of this sector of our business will be our primary objective in 2012 and beyond.” – Ralph (Bizzy) Williams; Chairman

{EDITOR’S NOTE – Gov’t usually takes forever if not longer, the only time they move with fire in their feet is if they were um, incentivised, or if voting is around the corner?}

Finance Minister Chris Sinckler was also present and made no effort to chat with Bajan Reporter, dunno why? LOL! 😉

The Energy Minister also disclosed plans for a new Light and Power Act to be debated in Parliament next month that would allow government to facilitate easier licensing of power producers and the setting of feeding tariffs.

“We are continuing to do work with the Fair Trading Commission on the other issues that we have to tackle with respect to the new Light and Power Act. We are also working with the Barbados National Standards Institution in terms of the standards for the photovoltaic systems and other institutions that are responsible for training and certification,” he underlined.

My advice to Mr Williams is to take the pledges of both Senator Beckles & Min. Sinckler with a great pinch of MSG – one fellow was absent from an Energy conference which should have been mandatory to attend and the other praises Democracy yet dodges Human Rights issues….

The Minister lauded the Williams Group for the Photovoltaic Project and added: “The emphasis by the Williams Group to develop a utility scale power facility is something that we [government] welcome. We are also working with various private sector investors to …pursue the waste-to-energy complex that Dr. Denis Lowe would have talked about and the new sugar factory to generate base load electricity from bagasse and tamarind. All these initiatives we expect will bear fruit within the next three years…,” Senator Boyce surmised. (JC/BGIS)

The project takes 7 to 8 years before a visible ROI becomes apparent, yet the product itself lasts for 25 years so by extension, Bizzy plans to save Barbados $28 million in ForEx which would normally be spent on Fossil Fuel!

Translation? Stick with us kids and we’ll give you all the access you need to compete successfully with Light & Power at a better rate… Yet when they were given a chance to show their mettle for Energy regulation both Senator Beckles and his Upper Chamber compadre Haynesley Benn dropped the ball big time, so how reliable are they really? Denis Lowe should have also attended Mr Williams gala presentation, yet he was conspicuously absent!

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