UDC praised for renewable energy programme
Minister in the Prime Minister’s office, Senator Patrick Todd has hailed the evolution of the Urban Development Commission from an organization that focused on house repairs and transfers of titles to one that focuses on the environment, particularly renewable energy.
Todd was addressing a service this morning at the Wesleyan Holiness Church, Whitepark Road, to mark the start of activities in observance of the UDC’s 19th anniversary.
He told the congregation that the UDC has begun “experimenting with a street lighting initiative, utilising solar panels, and it has installed units at Marshall Parkinson Gap, St Michael, and will observe sustainability of that project before moving to other sites”.
“In the case of a natural disaster, be it a hurricane, or even a major power outage, those stand-alone solar powered street lights can definitely aid in ensuring that persons who traverse our nation’s streets in such circumstances would be in relative safety, since the national grid or the electricity supply in a particular area may be out, and the regular street lights would therefore not be in working order, those solar powered lights would be able to function,” Todd said.
He added that while the UDC is only 19 years old, its mark on the island’s urban landscape reflects “an agency that has moved past the growing and adjustment phases associated with adolescence”.