internet-forumAt last, a place to have all your questions answered regarding solar energy systems in Bermuda.

A new web forum called the Bermuda Solar User Group launched this week. The aim of this forum is to create a community resource that provides answers to common questions such as how to obtain planning permission for solar systems, and how to get them interconnected to BELCO. The web forum is powered by Google Groups.

Bermuda Solar KitToday [25-Nov] Bermuda Engineering launched a do-it-yourself solar kit designed exclusively for the Bermuda market. Greenrock welcomes the launch of the kit, which is on sale at the special launch price of $2,500 until 28 November and has an expected productive lifespan of 25+ years. Once installed, the solar PV panels should pay for themselves many times over in savings on electricity bills.  The press release reads;

Elliot Grounds CleanupLast month, at the height of our summer season, our 'Greenrock Says' described some "low impact" ways to help the environment – and probably your wallet as well: buying in bulk, increasing recycling, using less gasoline, turning down our AC and thereby reducing electricity. Did it all make sense? Did you give it a try?

richard bransonThe Carbon War Room (CWR) recently shared their perspective on natural gas for small island economies, as part of their Operation Smart Island Economies which aims to transition islands to 100% renewable energy by accelerating commercial investment.

“The Carbon War Room fears that the immediate attractiveness of natural gas could lessen the commitments of governments and industries to pursuing energy systems that are truly both low-carbon and secure for the long-term, and that natural gas could divert major funds away from renewable energy projects.” says Hilary McMahon, Director of Research.

August update on Eco-Schools from Programme Manager Abbie Caldas.

At the close of the 2013/2014 school year, we have successfully engaged with eight schools to reach step 2 of 7 within the Eco-Schools framework.

In the winter, we participated in various public outreach events: presenting at Pecha Kucha, visiting a school's Earth Hour event, and participating in BZS's Environmental Youth Conference.

tigersharkThe Bermuda Shark Project and OCEARCH's Great White Shark tagging program have recently produced valuable insight and impressive imagery with respect to our ocean's apex predators.

Although both the tiger shark and great white shark are designed for stealthy predation, have a keen sense of smell, and are capable of high speed attack, it is suggested here that these majestic fish are not the most efficient killers in our waters.

2014-07-01-solarpowerbarbados-thumb1"Energy independence is not just temporarily producing enough of our own fossil fuels to get by. Real energy independence is freeing ourselves from the addiction to the fossil fuels which are destroying our environment and leaving our economy a hostage to events beyond our borders."

This statement is taken from a recent article in the Huffington Post entitled Why Tiny Barbados Is Beating Us on the Road to Green Energy.

KEMH-Acute-Care-WingKing Edward VII Memorial Hospital's new Acute Care wing has a 'secret' weapon in the war against raw sewage – an underground sewage treatment facility that has capacity to treat up to 570 m3 of sewage water per day. This is like 2,000 bathtubs full of water.

This inconspicuous new facility will ensure that none of the hospitals' waste water flows into our South shore waters without being thoroughly treated through four stages.

Below is a video of the Pecha Kucha Bermuda Presentation given by Greenrock's Eco-Schools Programme Manager, Abbie Caldas on Feb 20, 2014.

The presentation transcript is available for download here.

Sessions_HouseIn May, Premier Craig Cannonier resigned in the wake of JetGate, which triggered a Cabinet shuffle. The new Premier, Michael Dunkley, replaced Mr Trveor Moniz with One Bermuda Alliance backbencher Jeanne Atherden as the Minister of Health and the Environment, and added Seniors to the Ministry portfolio. This is the third time the Minister responsible for Environment has changed within the last two years.

strawsonbeachIt is the middle of summer: we may have got past Cup Match and Beachfest, but there is a lot of summer to go. Go ahead, kick back and have fun! Global warming? Great – the weather is gorgeous, sunshine is guaranteed! ... But seriously, here are some ways to enjoy summer while still keeping your conscience clear when it comes to our environment.

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