speak_up.jpgWhat role renewable energy may play towards energy security in Small Island States (SIS) 

 

1. In what way does Greenrock feel renewable energy may be beneficial to Bermuda?

Here are the primary benefits for developing renewable energy sources in Bermuda:

(1)  Stabilizing the cost of living: The cost of living in Bermuda is one of the highest in the world compared to big cities like Hong Kong, London, and New York City.  One of the reasons that make Bermuda so expensive is its cost of energy.  We rely heavily on a single source of energy produced by a private utility that primarily generates energy using fossil fuels - low grade oil and propane gas.  So from a social perspective, finding ways to produce energy from renewable source that is not exposed to the volatility of oil supply will be in the long run better for the people living in Bermuda.

heritage_month_2010_sml.jpgGREENROCK says: We are proud to be part of this year's Heritage Month theme: Green: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Greenrock has been working with the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs to help create a policy and launch a campaign for going "green". This Dept feels if we are expecting the public to accept and adopt good environmental habits then the department should offer clear evidence that Government too should practice and believe what Government preaches.

networkworld.jpgBF&M Ltd. is doing its bit for the environment by making the company's upcoming annual report fully electronic in a bid to help ensure the long-term sustainability of Bermuda as a community. 

Stuart Hayward, leader of the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability (BEST)If everyone went online to measure their carbon footprint, and made it a personal quest to keep this measure of environmental impact as small as possible, the Earth would be much better off. That's according to the leader of the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability (BEST), Stuart Hayward...
rgtuckerspointsolar.jpgIt's already a luxury resort, but it now boasts the largest passive, solar-thermal hot water installation on the Island 

And yesterday Tucker's Point Club House was commended for turning to renewable energy in order to produce hot water. 

The passive solar technology means that sunlight is used to harness energy without the use of active mechanical systems and with little use of other energy sources. 

netmetering.gif The situation for those wishing to connect Solar Panels to the grid is changing all the time. This month, the Energy and Telecommunications ministry circulated Belco's proposed interconnection agreement and asked for comments.

The newly formed energy commission will then be able to consider those comments and make changes to Belco's proposed agreement to the benefit of all. When this agreement is approved you will be able to connect your panels or wind turbine to the grid and receive credit for the power you generate.

netmetering-simple_diagram.gif A ray of sunlight for Bermuda's stalled solar industry.

The recent announcement from BELCo that they are ready to move ahead with Net-metering was welcomed by Greenrock. There has been much discussion of this issue in public and it is good to finally see some activity and the legal framework coming into place to allow us to contribute to the environment in a positive way. 

You will be allowed to install a system of up to 10KW on this price basis. A 10KW  system is enough for an average family home (you would generate approx 1000-1500 Kwh/month). On this basis, you would be able to repay your investment in renewable technology a 7-10 years and could then expect to receive free electricity for a further 15+ years from this point, as well as reducing carbon emission by up to 10 tons annually.

global_warming.jpgA report on 'The Impact of Climate Change of Bermuda' forecasts stronger hurricanes and extensive flooding.
 
Up to 14 percent of the Island's land area could soon be at risk of flooding during high tides, while sea level rise and increased storm intensity will also threaten coastal areas.  Premier Ewart Brown highlighted the findings of the report, by Dr. Anne Glasspool, to MPs in the House of Assembly yesterday. 

water_globe.jpg Better for You, Better for Bermuda

Back in March 2008, the Bermuda End-to-End Foundation provided us the funding to run a series of Public Service Announcements (PSA) around the challenge of changing consumer usage of disposable shopping bags and single use, plastic drinking bottles. (see March 2008 article)

diy_solar_collector2.jpgMost of us know that Bermuda's building environment as it exists today is almost totally unsustainable. It does not use any significant amount of local materials, whilst those building materials which are considered waste after a project is completed or are eventually replaced, end up in the land fill at the airport dump or are burned in the incinerator, due to the lack of any significant industrial recycling scheme on the island. Built with very little mandated attention to efficiency, buildings on the island are almost completely reliant on imported energy as well. Additionally, construction labor is very expensive due to the high cost of living on the island.

lightwriting1.jpgUS Consulate announces climate video contest

The US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has launched its second annual interactive video contest, "Change Your Climate, Change Our World”.

People all over the world ages 14 and older are invited to submit videos, no more than two minutes in length, containing any form of artistic expression including, but not limited to, dance, spoken word, poetry and song. This contest is a call for engagement and action.

About Greenrock

According to The Footprint Network, which measures the ability of the planet to produce resources and absorb waste, our resource use and waste production is 60% more than the earth can produce or absorb annually.

This overshoot is the result of decisions that we each make every day. We seek to generate debate and to influence people to change their behaviour.We strive to be catalysts: Success for us is when we can Change the Mindset so that sustainable use of resources is included in decision-making for individuals, government or businesses. ... read more


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