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Alternative energy the way to go for Trinidad & Tobago!

Calls for the Government of Trinidad & Tobago to make alternative energy a priority heated up at a public lecture hosted jointly by the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence and the University of the West Indies on Monday night.

The lecture entitled—”Renewable energy, achievements and opportunities for the Caribbean”—was part of the ANSA Caribbean Awards/UWI lecture series at the Daaga Auditorium at UWI, St Augustine.

“We are pleased to host this lecture on alternative energy at this time in our country’s history, since it is clear now that the days of oil energy are numbered. Make no mistake, the end is in sight. The question of what comes next should be on the minds of every business and governmental institution. The question is certainly on my mind,” said founder and chairman of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies Anthony N Sabga.

According to feature speaker and Barbadian solar energy entrepreneur, James Husbands, the answer to one of the Caribbean’s most urgent problems—the need for sustainable energy, lies within the Caribbean region itself.

One of the greatest challenges of our time, said Husbands, is the harvesting of renewable sources of energy such as solar energy, wind power, hydroelectricity, geothermal power, biomass and wave power.

“There may be enough renewable energy across the Caribbean that when mixed with the fossil fuels in T&T, Barbados and Suriname, we may actually have all the energy we need to sustain the islands throughout the Caribbean. The challenge which we face is to utilise the resources we have in an environmentally appropriate way and at the same time find the vehicle to transform the way we use energy. If we would use the resources which are available in Guyana, Suriname, Nevis, Saba and Dominica, the possibilities are endless for the chain of islands to actually have enough renewable energy,” said Husbands, who was also the ANSA Caribbean Awards 2008 Science and Technology laureate.

Husbands, who has been honoured for his work in solar energy, spoke of the benefits of solar energy as a cost effective and an environmentally-safe source of alternative energy.

For 35 years, Husbands’s company, Solar Dynamics, has harvested solar energy to produce solar water heaters. Between the years 1974 and 2002, Solar Dynamics has installed 35,000 solar water heating systems throughout the Caribbean, including Guyana and Suriname.

As a direct result of the exploration of solar energy by Solar Dynamics, Barbados is now rated fourth in the world with regard to the number of solar water heaters per capita. Barbados has also been hailed the forerunner of alternative energy in the Caribbean.

Several countries, including Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, Nevis, Jamaica and Grenada are also actively pursuing alternative energy such as geothermal, biomass, solar and wind powered. Husbands suggested that the most practical source of alternative energy that should be explored and pursued in Trinidad and Tobago is solar energy.

“We must fully utilise our regional resources for economic gain, sustainable development and enhancement of our fragile environment,” said Husbands.


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