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January 28, 2009



Keep the topic alive Larry, it will only grow more viable as more people invest their time, money and efforts and move away from mindless consumption.

On another note, I already have 4 windmill generators, my son and I have been playing with one of them mounted at 15ft. I am procuring a tower and deep cycle batteries for my home.
Where I am, the tower only needs to be about 40 ft high to take advantage of coastal breezes. Solar panels will be next.
The problem will be the neighbours, and their objections to the sight.
Don't get me wrong, all my neighbours are decent likeable folks, It is just that NIMBY will raise its head i'm sure.
Still, it'll be worth doing until I'm ordered to dismantle it.
This is one aspect of our court system that has failed miserably, the area of test cases, cases that pave the way for change and innovation.
Do you think we are up to the task, or will this be another "you can't, but the government will do it for you" situation?

larry smith

Good for you.

I was considering installing pv panels on my office last summer (at cost of some $50k)and received encouragement from the environment minister. The legal regime will be changed, so I don't think there would be any effort to make such a ridiculous prosecution. Of course, the collapse in oil prices made my investment uneconomic.


Yes, but Freeport is another animal, especially with the propensity of the Port to "add" regulations without recourse to licensees and by way of "deals" cut with Govt......
Also, The power company license gave the original power company "exclusivity" on Generation of as well as supply of both retail and wholesale electric. Something I'm sure they wish to continue to enjoy.

Of course, back to the courts, if any note would have been taken of the ownership gyrations aided and abbetted by certain administrations of government over the last 19 years, we may well have been further along in G.B.
The windmills I have are from when Dad took a stab at it, 30 years ago when duty rates werw 35%+7%
But I remember producing steam under pressure with a hot water panel.
I will also run one of these, with 12v solar powered recirculatory pump.
System is designed so that increasing portions of my house panel can be split off the grid, in stages as capacity increases.

Billy Davis

Mr. Smith,

Would you interview me? In person.

Billy Davis

Percival Miller

Very encouraging article on the potential mix of energy options and technologies. Solar, etc. as you have noted in earlier articles (as well as greater use of more energy efficient transportation, housing, and appliances) could cut both our imported energy costs and have economic benefit to the Bahamas’ homeowners and energy suppliers. Your article suggests waste-to-energy (WTE) as a major option. WTE is a reliable, well-established technology, and can offer the immediate benefits of mechanical sorting and processing of larger waste tonnages from ‘cities’ (larger populations are needed to make WTE economic) municipal wastes, into (synthetic and natural) organic wastes (food, grass and leaves and trees, paper, leather, plastics, wood, etc.), that are combusted together at the right temperature, size, and dryness; and inorganic wastes (metals, glass, dirt, carbonate, and other) that can be disposed or recycled via facility-managed programs. The emissions (greenhouse gas) impacts are manageable, in a local sense, provided the right choices of standards and requirements have made at the outset.

Not to second-guess the outlook for how this might work out, but one could also consider some related sustainability issues (which might have already been done). For instance ‘natural’ organic wastes such as from foods, vegetation and sewage wastes (biosolids) can be reused for agricultural and landscaping compost generation, and/or for small to medium biogas-to-energy (turbine/microturbine/fuel cell) systems-for which climate conditions favor us - if local entrepreneurs are so inclined and interest grows.

Added growth of local capacity to recycle and reuse metals, plastics, glass wastes, and to limit carbonate wastes so as to sustain marine resources (marine shells, etc.), could reduce (land and sea) litter and result in greater environmental resource health, reduce the use of imported and local natural materials, increase jobs, and nurture technical capacity. These types of recycling could, to an indirect and unknown extent also benefit long-term issues such as possible constrained agricultural/horticultural capacity under predicted climate change pressures, and could increase the variety and distribution of local energy suppliers and consumers. Of course this is not the easiest or quickest combination of options to consider. But we are in a unique economic and environmental situation and time, making such considerations at least worthy.


At the end of the day, someone(or a few) will lead the way and just do it. Small med or large scale,
Individual human initiative, wherever it exists, should emerge and lead the way.
Let the Government follow to whatever degree they are capable.
The other one I'm interested in is solar to hydrogen.
Needs some study though, as it is dangerous stuff and technically demanding.

Noel Rodman

Glad to hear the government might get it together in 8 months or so, allowing private power generation plants, and include net metering. This is the major stumbling point as far as I can see to people not installing these types of systems now! Producing power over a 25 year life with PV panels at .12/Kwh will always be hard to compete with, no matter what the cost of a barrel of oil. Bahamians are now paying .30/Kwh and as soon as OPEC gets together and cuts enough supply, the cost of a barrel of oil will be back to $80. What do you think you power bill will do then? The cost is only going to go up and be controlled by mostly unstable governments around the world. I hope the Bahamas can get a program in place soon, the Country is falling behind the rest of the world in this area. Thanks for continuing to write articles on this subject and keeping this in the public eye. Noel Rodman, BahamaSolar.com

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