They’re dubbing it, ‘Smart is the new Sexy’ and, if officials of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation has anything to say about it, the event will leave its participants with the ability to enhance their way of living along with their bank accounts.
Set for March 23, the Bahamas Energy Security Forum will focus on “smart and more efficient ways of using energy with an overall agenda to increase the public’s awareness on matters related to the productive use of energy and implementation of the 2014 National Energy Policy”.
Green Home designer and conference host, Debbie Deal, said her focus is to assist in the process of affordability for Bahamians in having the option to run alternate energy homes and appliances.
“The persons that are now in the business of installing and selling alternative energy have all come to me and said, ‘we’re finding it difficult. Everybody wants it but they can’t get financing for it,” said Deal. “Everybody should be able to benefit from this and most people, if you don’t have the money in the bank to actually spend the $20,000 or whatever to do it, you can spend $500 a month for three years of whatever to do it.”
On tap to speak at the event include Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis and Minister of Environment, Romauld Ferreira.
The forum comes just one month after Minnis pledged an “unwavering commitment” to the goal of significantly increasing the use of solar energy in The Bahamas.
Established in 2014 by the Chamber, the one-day intensive will discuss policies and initiatives on how to “improve the state of energy in the country and its impact on the environment, including cost and affordability, security and efficiency and developing trends in sources of renewable energy”.