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GREENROCK ANNOUNCES BERMUDA'S FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS FOR BUSINESSES

Hamilton, Bermuda -- Sunday, March 27, 2011 – Greenrock (or "the charity") unveiled the first annual "Green Workplace Awards" in partnership with The Bottom Line magazine to recognize large and small businesses for their environmental and sustainability efforts – the first of its kind for Bermuda.

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Andrew Vaucrosson, President of Greenrock, explains our position on the Tucker's Point SDO.

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.

cnnCNN.com video segments spotlight a broad assortment of the latest environmental ideas and innovations. Here are some of Greenrock's recent picks;

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.

The Belco announcement  at the start of November that customers are finally able to connect to the grid was welcome, if long overdue. It is now possible for those who are generating renewable energy , through wind or solar power, to feed electricity back into the grid , reducing their monthly Belco bill.

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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According to the Department of Works and Engineering Bermuda is one of the world’s highest per capita waste generators. We produce approximately 100,000 tonnes of waste annually, or somewhere around 1.5 tonnes per person, per year, ....

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The Department of Energy tells us that every kilowatt hour of electricity generated in Bermuda pumps 751 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This amounted to approximately 6.5 metric tons of CO2 per residential customer in 2007 (see the 2009 Energy Green Paper).

biobox_water_2The Government is planning to construct several new reverse osmosis plants around the Island to battle the water shortage we seem to get every year.

I was wondering if you thought that this was the best strategy to take?

MRF recycling belt

Recycling has been going on in the background of Bermuda’s tapestry since the early ’90s, but it has had its ups and downs along the way. Local sceptics have even questioned whether it actually occurs.

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