BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday June 11, 2013 – The Barbados government says it will soon introduce legislation to facilitate renewable energy generation on the island.
“We expect, within the next few months, to have the legislation passed for independent power producers,” said Energy Minister Darcy Boyce, adding “we’ve done this in consultation with the Barbados Light and Power (BL&P) because we do have to maintain the [standard] of the grid in this country”.
Speaking at the launch of Barbados’ first Solar Carport and Electric Vehicle Charging Station Boyce said all efforts were being made to ensure that the BL&P supported this policy.
He said that the renewable energy efforts would include a project which would see retrofitting of public buildings.
“We also intend to make sure that we reduce our use of energy by being more efficient throughout the country and Government is leading the way with that, with a number of projects we have got funding for from the Global Environmental Facility and the European Union.
“This grant is to help us take some of our major government buildings and renovate them to make them more energy efficient…and to use the roofs of those buildings to generate solar power…to reduce the cost of government’s electricity bill,” he added. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)