Wind energy news should spur Bajans to action
THERE IS NO SHORTAGE of bad news about wars, flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, mass shootings and other catastrophic events worldwide.
However, recent news out of Jamaica was potentially heart-warming and full of power in figurative, literal and practical ways.
After touring a wind energy plant, the prime minister of Jamaica told reporters that the island had the capacity to supply up to 50 per cent of energy needs from renewable energy sources.
The facility, BMR Jamaica Wind, located in St Elizabeth, was built with 95 per cent Jamaican labour coming mainly from within the parish itself and the adjoining parish of Manchester.
The facility is operational with 100 per cent Jamaican employees. The chief executive officer boasted that the plant was currently supplying the lowest cost of renewable energy in Jamaica.
The good news also included two critical factors to which the Jamaican prime minister alluded.
“The price of wind energy is going down with a unit price that is amazingly good. The technology is improving, and the cost of the equipment to generate [wind energy] is going down and it is making it more accessible.”
This is indeed good news and will hopefully be an incentive and wake-up call for Barbadian policymakers and decision-makers.
We have a duty and a responsibility to be making hay while the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. What renewable energy will do for Jamaica, it can do for Barbados.
PRIME MINISTER FREUNDEL STUART surrounded by supporters.
profitable because of the fact that praedial larceny is so rife.”
The Prime Minister said that as a result, officials sat down and discussed the issue and the amendments would see mechanisms being put in place so those who steal crops could be traced. ( HLE)