Government is making a big push for green energy and its goal of full renewable energy is no pipe dream, Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams has assured.
Abrahams was delivering the opening address at a forum hosted by the lone electricity utility, the Barbados Light and Power Company, at the Errol Barrow Centre of Creative Imagination to mark the start of Energy Month.
Abrahams argued that most modern conveniences used today began as figments of the imagination decades ago.
“When we looked at shows like Star Trek back in the day we told ourselves that many of things we saw would never happen. When we started to talk about a carbon-neutral Barbados and 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030, everybody was saying that would never happen. But in the same way we saw all of the impossible things from Star Trek come to pass, I am telling you that proof of the pudding is in the eating. A 2030 carbon-neutral fully renewable energy Barbados is on the cards and I am telling you it will happen,” Abrahams said.
The Minister pointed to Barbados’ place as a decades-long front-runner in solar energy and was therefore poised to build on the knowledge and expertise developed over the years.
“If we are to achieve this by the mandated target of 2030, we must rely heavily on the skills and expertise that we have honed for almost 40 years as leaders in the area of solar water heating technology and in our undeniable interest in new entrepreneurial areas renewable energy business development, said Abrahams,
He further noted that the electric company was willing to partner with Government to realize its 2030 green energy mission.
“It appears that our utility company appears to understand that successfully executing this energy revolution, we will seize the future and choose our most fulfilling destiny. We have been blessed thus far to have an electric company that is willing to work keenly with the ministry to develop and implement efficient and practical solution for the transmission of energy,” the Minister of Energy said.
The Government had already begun to make headway in its green energy thrust by employing more electric vehicles in the civil service placing photovoltaic units on Government buildings, Abrahams said.