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Sweden to Assist four Caribbean Nations With Renewable Energy

Wigton-Windfarm (1) BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Sweden is providing assistance to four Caribbeancountries as they deal with the impact of climate change.


A Barbados Government statement Wednesday said that Sweden’s Ambassador to Barbados Claes Hamma, who paid a courtesy call on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Maxine McClean, said apart from Barbados, the other islands to benefit are Grenada, Antigua, and Barbuda and Dominica.


He said the Swedish Energy Agency is focused on the creation of resilience in the energy sector against climatic effects, the strengthening of the energy system and the better detection of climate changes.


“It’s about providing a bit of resistance for energy systems. I’m very happy Barbados is one of the four countries…There is no commercial intent from our side. It is mainly to see what can be done to create more resilience and that’s the main focus.”


The statement quoted McClean as saying that the project would be of interest to Barbados.


“I know that we have been doing quite a bit of work from the perspective of the legislative environment. We’ve passed certain legislation in relation to the national grid and providing incentives, both at the commercial and domestic level. So, we are doing quite a bit of work and I am happy… For us, it is important, when we look at our energy bill,” she said.


The Swedish diplomat said that Barbados could host a proposed centre for renewable energy and efficiency, noting “it would be good if the centre was established here, with Barbados being one of the four countries we would be working with. That would give impetus to the study”.


McClean said that she is aware there’s “strong sentiment towards having it located here and we have been doing quite a bit of work in renewable energy, both at the level of government and private sector initiatives”.



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