The CDB hired a consulting firm to conduct a Design Study for the Residential EE Programme which commenced in September 2017. This study sought to:
- scope and assess suitable residential EE programmes for Barbados, which will raise awareness of EE/RE in the residential sector and increase the adoption of EE and RE technologies to ultimately lead to lower household energy consumption;
- develop social and gender criteria to reach also poor and vulnerable households; and
- provide a design guide for a recommended programme inclusive of any policy changes to facilitate successful implementation.
The consultants designed a programme which offers residents free installation of low-cost energy efficiency upgrades. The programme seeks to address several barriers to purchasing low-cost energy efficient products, the first of which is lack of awareness, motivation or capital to purchase the products.
The Cabinet of Barbados approved the design concept and the programme is currently in the final planning phase