Cross Section of sectors benefitting from sensitisation training on photovoltaic systems
Representatives from the financial services sector as well as several Government agencies gained a better understanding of issues related to solar photovoltaic systems during a half-day workshop recently.
The workshop was the first in a series of four organised by the Barbados Renewable Energy Association in collaboration with the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) and the University of the West Indies.
The sessions, organised around the “Consumer Guide Solar PV: Helping You Choose The Right Solar PV Solution And Avoid Potential Pitfalls“, are fully supported by the Government of Barbados since the training is aligned to the Barbados Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy.
The sensitisation training aims to promote the use of renewable energy technologies, specifically solar, in enhancing overall competitiveness and to increase the awareness of innovation opportunities within the renewable energy sector among Barbadians.
The workshops support one of the HRD Strategy’s specific objectives – to transform Barbados into a thriving green economy that enhances international competitiveness, while simultaneously reducing environmental risks and improving human well-being.
It will include site visits to SolaGrow, a community-based solar cooled greenhouse research project in Belleplaine, St. Andrew which demonstrates the cultivation of hydroponically grown lettuce in a fully automated, climate controlled greenhouse system.
The Ministry of Labour is implementing the HRD Strategy in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation. It is being funded by grants provided by the European Union (EU) to the tune of €50 million. The EU, through a series of consultancies, is also offering technical assistance to support the activities of the strategy.
The HRD Strategy is based on five broad goals: Creating an environment conducive to human resource development through strengthening institutions and building capacity; Developing a National Qualifications Framework for Barbados which is internationally-recognised; Developing a demand-driven education system which sets Barbadians on a path of life-long learning and improved employment opportunities; Re-organising knowledge management systems that better connect Barbadians in the public and private sectors to the information and knowledge they need; and Enhancing research to improve innovation, entrepreneurship and development among Barbadians.