Saturday 22 September, 2018

Solar water heater standards coming soon

Ssolar water heater.

Ssolar water heater.

Experts and policymakers in the solar heating and appliance industry will this week be exposed to a Policy Analysis Modelling System (PAMS), which was developed to help local policymakers assess the benefit of standards and labelling programmes.

This as they meet in Barbados from May 17th to 19th, 2017, for a major workshop on energy standards and policy analysis, at the Divi Southwinds Resort.

The one-day policy analysis workshop, which falls on the first day of the three-day training, discussion and planning forum on energy efficiency standards and labelling standards, is being held as part of CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)-implemented Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (R3E) Project.

It will be held since standards for solar water heaters and a number of energy-related appliances will soon be implemented in Barbados and the Caribbean.

CROSQ’s Technical Officer - Standards, Fulgence St. Prix said:

“We talk a lot in the Caribbean about energy efficiency and introduction of renewable energies, but there isn’t that understanding at the national levels sometimes about how this actually benefits the countries in terms of dollars and cents. This is what this workshop is aimed at helping policymakers more effectively do.

“We are in the process of developing Energy Efficiency Building Codes for the region and this factor of savings will be a crucial one to getting Member States in the Caribbean to understand how it benefits their economies at the end of the day. So that’s what we aim to do through this workshop, and using actual case studies to further solidify our position.”

The R3E Project focuses on developing standards for the energy sector in the region, namely energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, with supporting infrastructure for energy efficiency testing of appliance, such as , room air-conditioners, refrigerators and freezers, and lights, along with the development of standards for solar PVC panels and solar water heaters in the region development of the standards for labelling of energy efficient appliances,” he further explained.