The nation of Barbados, with a population of 285,000 people, is aiming to power itself entirely with renewable energy by 2030. The Government of Barbados and Barbados Light and Power LTD are collaborating to push forward the 100% renewable energy policy.
Roger Blackman, the Managing Director of Barbados Light and Power LTD, recently championed the role of renewable resources in meeting Barbados’ power needs at the nation’s Government Headquarters.
“Indeed Barbados has the opportunity to become a leader for clean, energy transformation, grid modernisation, and energy efficiency,” Blackman said.
Blackman said that his company plans are to work with all stakeholders, which includes investors such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Commission, and naturally the Barbados government. The coalition will endeavor to create renewable energy solutions for the island.
Blackman says that his company is looking to increase the number of people working in the renewable energy sector and that the only way to be able to achieve the goal of 100% renewable energy was to build networks.
Darcy Boyce, a Minister responsible for Energy, Telecommunications, Immigration and Investment in Barbados, explains that by extending licenses for people involved in energy production will attempt to democratize the generation of power. Boyce says he wants to be able to report an increase in renewable energy, solar and wind investment by the year’s end.
At the completion of the signing ceremony, Boyce said he expects to have a meeting with the Inter-American Development Bank to discuss getting a loan for the project to advance the development of Barbados’ renewable energy sector.