Caribbean En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Light­ing Project Knowl­edge Road Show in Do­minica and Saint Lucia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Against the back­ground of the Caribbean be­ing home to some of the high­est per capita en­ergy costs in the world, the Caribbean En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Light­ing Project (CEELP) team re­cently en­gaged rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of a di­verse ar­ray of com­mu­nity groups from across the re­gion to raise aware­ness about the ben­e­fits of en­ergy ef­fi­cient light­ing. As part of the project’s man­date to de­velop a deeper un­der­stand­ing about how en­ergy ef­fi­cient light­ing can re­duce en­ergy costs and re­duce users’ car­bon foot­prints, the team em­barked on a Knowl­edge Road Show in Do­minica and Saint Lucia.

In Do­minica, the road show vis­ited Gov­ern­ment Head­quar­ters, Planned Par­ent­hood, the Bureau of Gen­der Af­fairs and the Do­minica Youth Coun­cil while in Saint Lucia the team led dis­cus­sions with groups from the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Women’s Farm­ers and Pro­duc­ers, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional En­gi­neers, the Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture, Port Ser­vices & Trans­port and sev­eral youth groups.

Lead fa­cil­i­ta­tor and Light­ing Ex­pert Steve Coyne dis­played var­i­ous light­ing tech­nolo­gies, de­tailed the ben­e­fits of LEDs and CFLs and gave par­tic­i­pants tips on choos­ing the right tech­nol­ogy for their homes and work en­vi­ron­ments. He was ably as­sisted by Ja­son La Corbiniere, CEELP Project Co­or­di­na­tor and Project As­so­ciate, Sherri Fred­er­ick who pro­vided at­ten­dees with back­ground on the project, in­clud­ing high­light­ing the project’s role in work­ing with CARICOM to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of stan­dards over­see­ing the im­por­ta­tion of qual­ity LED bulbs. The road show was timely as CEELP re­cently as­sisted with up­grades from flu­o­res­cent lights to LEDs in both coun­tries and was on hand to re­spond to queries sur­round­ing the retrofits.

Par­tic­i­pants were also happy to learn that Bulb Crush­ers have been pur­chased for each coun­try in or­der to al­le­vi­ate con­cerns re­gard­ing mer­cury con­tained in flu­o­res­cent bulbs.

At the end of each pre­sen­ta­tion, at­ten­dees who ac­cu­rately re­sponded to ques­tions on en­ergy ef­fi­cient light­ing were gifted with in­flat­able so­lar pow­ered lanterns.

CEELP is a UNDP/SIDS DOCK Sup­port Pro­gramme project de­signed to as­sist Bar­ba­dos and the OECS ter­ri­to­ries.

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