A local non-governmental organization (NGO) which promotes the development, adoption and implementation of renewable energy initiatives has signed an agreement with a Canadian green energy firm with a view to strengthening the renewable energy drive in Barbados and the Caribbean.
The Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA) and Clean Nova Scotia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) three weeks ago at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum in Miami.
However, this information was released only yesterday during a Barbados TODAY interview with Executive Director of BREA Clyde Griffith on the sidelines of a renewable energy and energy efficiency workshop here.
Griffith said the fine details of the MOU would be ironed out when a team from Clean Nova Scotia visits next month. However, he said the goal is for the Canadian firm to establish a presence in the region while helping the local organization extend its reach.
“A part of the primary objective of course, is to see how they can get themselves in the region, particularly with their particular strengths including training. We are looking at education in schools, something we talked about three years ago but we are now beginning to push it. It is very important for us to get after the students in the schools,” Griffith told Barbados TODAY.
Clean Nova Scotia is a charitable organization which undertakes a number of energy efficiency projects in parts of Canada, and the BREA head said its relationship with the local NGO would come at no cost to Barbados, adding that Clean would source funding “to do a lot of the things to have us involved”.
During yesterday’s conference, Griffith also announced that BREA had signed an MOU with the Freundel Stuart administration through which the organization would undertake some projects for the Government.
He revealed that BREA would soon publish a guide on energy efficiency and called on stakeholders to work together in order to change Barbadians’ behaviour “and let them appreciate the fact that by adopting energy efficient methods it will not have an adverse impact on their lifestyle”.
The former Minister of Energy encouraged local and regional authorities to press on with the expansion of the renewable energy sector despite falling oil prices.
“We have to push renewable energy because we have been there before. I came into this business when oil was US$13 a barrel and we dropped the ball,” said Griffith. (MM)