Wind en­ergy news should spur Ba­jans to ac­tion

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page -

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)

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