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Barbados: GOVERNMENT TOLD: FOCUS ON JOB CREATION IN RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR

With over $270 million to be allocated to capital works expenditure, Senator Crystal Drakes is urging government to use some of these funds to push job creation in the renewable energy sector.

“If you want to engage in an exercise where you have job creation, you need to take some of the $274 million allotted to the refurbishment of buildings and road construction, market refurbishments and the environmental clean up [and use]towards renewable energy. That is a better way of spending your capital works expenditure at this time, because when you engage in renewable energy projects there are other infrastructural needs around that where you can create jobs,” she said.

“For example, the installation of charge ports across the island, the retrofitting of buildings, battery storage as well as a greater penetration of renewable energy and energy efficiency in our housing stock,” she continued.

Speaking during a recent Zoom media conference, she outlined that with the island spending $600 million every year in fuel imports, if efforts were put towards creating jobs, that could save the island foreign exchange and it would become a more resilient society.

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