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by NATASHA BECKLES BARBADOS IS switching on to green energy power in a big way. It will see energy efficient lighting fixtures being installed in our near 32 000 public street lights; Government buildings retrofitted with solar power systems and upgraded with energy efficient, energy conservation technologies; and a small fleet of electric vehicles with charging dock stations powered by solar technology on a pilot basis. These measures will save Government at least US$45 million over a 20-year period and reduce CO2 emissions by 132 000 tons. These thrusts are part of the $50 million Public Sector Smart Energy Programme which the signing of an agreement between Government, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Union (EU) yesterday established. The IDB is also making a $34 million loan available, while the EU is contributing a $16 million grant to the programme which includes a range of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Speaking during the signing ceremony at Government Headquarters, IDB country representative for Barbados Joel Branski said the programme would also fund research studies on the feasibility of building and operating a tidal power plant in Barbados. Please read the full story in today’s SATURDAY SUN or in the eNATION edition.