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.

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. 

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-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.

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)

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