The Government of Grenada is the recipient of more than 5,000 light bulbs and energy efficient air-conditioners aimed at helping to cut its more than $1 million monthly electricity bill to GRENLEC.
The Government of the People’s Republic of China last week Thursday made an official presentation of 8,400 4 ft. Light Emitting Diode (LED) tubes and 8,400 ballast (tube control devices); and 1,050 E27 LED Light Bulbs (Ball Bulbs) to Finance Minister, Nazim Burke.
The presentation made at the Grenadian by Rex Resorts is China’s latest assistance to Grenada and falls under the umbrella of the China-Grenada Climate Change Adaptation Project, an initiative designed and implemented by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the Chinese Government.
The bulbs and the energy efficient air-conditioners will be used mainly in Government buildings.
Ambassador, Xu Tianguo, from the PRC said that Potevio, a recognised leader of Chinese enterprises through its LED lights products provided to Grenada would enhance energy conservation and emission reduction contribution in Grenada, and further contribute to strengthening the bilateral relationship between China and Grenada.
An official of NDRC, Chen Xumei who was present identified climate change as a common challenge for the human society, and one which must be addressed.
According to Minister Burke, the benefits from these lights will be almost immediately realised as it would assist in reducing Government’s current financial obligations in these difficult economic times.
Minister Burke said his administration believes that energy is a significant driver of development and will continue to pursue policies and programmes that would not only ensure energy security but would ensure access to affordable, equitable, and reliable energy sources and services.
He recalled Grenada’s leadership role as Chair of the AOSIS in focusing the world’s attention to the vulnerabilities faced by Small Island Developing States in the face of the negative effects of climate change.
He said the government of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas continues to advocate the need for special assistance required by SIDS as it relates to climate change.
Grenada, he added will continue to undertake policies and programmes to confront climate change and to ensure the sustainable development of our Country.
The senior government minister disclosed that the assessment process for the installation of these devices have already begun.
A total of 40 students at the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) and New Life Organisation (NEWLO) as well as representatives from the Grenada Electrical and Contractors Association and Government officials will participate in one week’s training from the Chinese in the installation of these equipment and devices.
Minister Burke said that some of the lights received would be given to the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association (GHTA) which has been complaining of soaring electricity bills for its members from GRENLEC.
Grenada is the first Small Island Developing State to benefit from the cooperation project run by the Chinese under the framework of south-south cooperation.