Concerns over unsafe solar systems
The Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA) is calling on Government to keep a close eye on the upsurge in the number of solar system installers to ensure the public remains safe.
Executive Director Clyde Griffith said his association would also be monitoring the situation and will be educating the public about photovoltaic (PV) systems installers, many of them not registered with the association.
“There’re a number of companies that are creeping up all over the place and we have to worry about quality of the installation and also the security and safety of the installations,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“Government needs to look at how it’s going to ensure that certain quality, which would reduce the impact of any problems related to security of installation because you could easily have fires in installations.”
He said BREA would soon roll out a public education programme on energy conservation and energy management would soon be rolled out, as well as a consumer education guide.
Griffith said while the association has around half a dozen PV installers, many more have emerged recently.
“In the last few months we’ve seen [them] advertising and all that. We’re seeing some that are coming out of the woodwork so we don’t know how many there are, we honestly don’t know. We’re planning a meeting now to discuss with all of them, even those who are not members of BREA . . . to look at the consumer guide that we are working on,” he explained.
That meeting is set for September 3.