Barbados is making headway when it comes to being environmentally conscious and one of the ways of showing this is by making sure that the entire Bay Street Esplanade is generated by solar power.

Word of this came from General Manager of the National Conservation Commission (NCC), Keith Neblett, who delivered remarks at the National Arbor Day 2014 Celebrations yesterday at NCC headquarters.

He said that this move was in an effort to reduce this island’s energy costs.

“Over the years, the Commission has sought to introduce other elements into the celebration of Arbor Day, such as the promotion of alternative energy and apiculture. We have continued to promote these initiatives and today we are proud to announce that the entire Bay Street Esplanade is being totally operated by solar energy.”

There iss also a solar project at the facility at Pebbles Beach, which is another initiative with the same goal, he said.

“You may also recall the recent launch of the solar project at the Pebbles Beach Facility, where the entire facility is also being operated on solar power. These initiatives are in sync with government’s policy of reducing our energy costs. These are just two of the nine properties within the NCC that have benefitted from such a programme, which is being done in collaboration with the Division of Energy.”

Neblett also wished all in attendance a wonderful National Arbor Day and reminded them that the day’s focus on planting trees.

“First, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you on behalf of the Board and Management of the National Conservation Commission to this, the 17th anniversary of the relaunch of National Arbor Day. This is a special day in the calendar of the NCC – a day is recognised for the planting of trees as is done in approximately 31 other countries across the world, including the United States, where tree-planting activities commenced since 1872. This day also gives us the opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of trees, something that we take very much for granted.”

In the spirit of the day, NCC officials planted a few trees on their premises with the assistance of students from Combermere School, Lawrence T. Gay Primary and Ellerton Primary School.

Excerpts from: the Barbados Advocate