Change coming

Country told to expect a ‘revolution’

Barbados could be in for a revolution of sorts.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce & Small Business Development Donville Inniss revealed Tuesday that the island was at “a very advanced stage” in terms of its development of practical renewable energy proposals, while stating that Government’s intention was to fully transform the industrial sector.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce & Small Business Development Donville Inniss with UNIDO’s Director General Li Young.
Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce & Small Business Development Donville Inniss with UNIDO’s Director General Li Young.

He was at the time updating reporters on the status of an agreement signed in September 2014 between Barbados and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

As part of this agreement, US$10 million will go towards increasing the number of entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector, and also towards the creation of a better framework for driving the industry.

Inniss said Government agencies such as the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) would also receive financial support to allow them to generate their own renewable energy.

“We are at a very advanced stage where proposals are being submitted to the Global Environmental Fund, as recent as a few days ago, to make this round of financing become available for us to embark on the projects,” Inniss said.

He also pointed out that other donor agencies, including private sector and international investment entities, had come on board.

“We intend to really revolutionize the industrial sector in Barbados. We believe that we have it within our grasp to ensure that our manufacturing sector and industrial sector operate in a far more energy efficient manner.

“It means that we are going to work closer with the companies to look at retooling . . . towards getting more energy efficient equipment. We are going to generate more of the power we use within our industrial parks from our physical roof space and other facilities we have,” the Government spokesman said, while pointing out that the BIDC was already in conversation with relevant suppliers.

Inniss’ comments coincided with this island’s hosting of the two-day EU-Caribbean sustainable energy conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Monday and Tuesday.

He said the project should also provide training and other opportunities for Barbadians to get more involved in the sector.

UNIDO’s Director General Li Yong said the Barbados project was an important one for UNIDO in the areas of climate change and energy efficiency. He also singled out the Barbados Light & Power Company and Caribbean LED Lighting for their energy-saving efforts, while stating that he was pleased with the direction the island was taking with respect to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

4 Responses to Change coming

  1. Tony Webster October 13, 2016 at 5:15 am

    What I head a Bizzy guy say just two days back, bears little or no resemblance to this. Fine, inspiring words though…while but others who have gone into green energy big-time, either the manufacturing side, or as investors and users…are just perspiring.

  2. Phil October 13, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Donville is pure talk. He’s a politician what else to expect? 10 Million dollars is nothing. Instead of that multi billion dollar Cahill waste we should look at reclaiming that 18 mile by 2mile dead reef off the south east corner of Barbados, establish a barrier island, install a wind turbine farm. Sir Charles would get some great real estate value there, Barbados will become an island of over 200 sq. miles, A large cruise terminal in place while the Bridgetown port will commit itself full time to cargo and trans-shipping. 100 state of the art turbines will produce 1,000 megawatts more than three times our need. 4 more desalinization plants. all from free energy. Yes there are hybrid turbines which incorporate solar and wind. Think about this. The entire railway and subway system in Denmark is powered by offshore turbines in really deep water. 46.5% of electrical energy in The Netherlands formerly Holland, comes from offshore wind turbines. several large areas in the USA and Canada are using wind. One corn farmer in Texas earned $9 Billion in addition to his corn fields. Don Don boy you may well be the next deputy PM to David Est.or you may even join Mia as I heard. I have more. Lots more. Let’s meet and talk. Not at Rotary though.

  3. Helicopter(8P) October 13, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Phil yah know you like trouble talk! That was some major seed input money talk to undertake such a project of reclaiming Cullpeper Island. The ocean current at that location is too strong. It’ll take lots of reinforcement to barrier off incoming tides it would just be too expensive. Steam ships had hell breaking loose that passage they had to go way out to break north to Blackpool.

  4. Phil October 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Helicopter(8P) Thanks for trying to debunk this project. Firstly this will be about 1.2 miles off the south east corner nowhere near Cullpepper Island. I spoke with two Dutch engineers. we even made about 4 trips out there. Did sonar tests, and measure depth and size specs. Mr. van den Klein actually worked with developers on Tokyo’s new Airport runway on reclaimed land, The palm Islands in the Middle East and Land reclamation for Taiwan’s new International airport. We actually did graphical mapping. Another engineer Mr. Karl Feidkow, lended his suggestion. The water is about 12 ft. deep in shallow areas Measurements were done with laser equipment. The ocean currents can be guided around the barrier reef as is happening with the island, A grand beach will actually be formed around the South Coast from Oistins to Browne’s Beach and even up to Payne’s Bay. These men are Highly qualified and experienced in Dam building and land reclaimation. It will be expensive I agree but it can pay its way back within 7 years and with other facilities that I’ve not mentioned put in place, Barbados can be earning over US $ 5 Billion in revenue. Without vision, A nation Perish. Proverbs in the Bible says so not me.


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