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ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence and UWI host joint lecture on sustainable energy

For Release Upon Receipt - February 16, 2011

St. Augustine


Addressing one of the most pressing problems facing the region – the need for sustainable energy—will be the focus of the second Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence/UWI public lecture. The feature speaker will be Mr James Husbands, a Barbadian solar energy entrepreneur, and the ANSA Caribbean Awards 2008 Science & Technology laureate, on February 21, at the Daaga Auditorium, St Augustine, at 6.30 p.m. The title of Mr. Husband’s lecture will be "Renewable Energy, Achievements and Opportunities for the Caribbean."

Mr Husbands’s company, Solar Dynamics, has been in existence since the 1970s, and is a pioneer worldwide in the use of solar water heaters. It has transformed the way Barbadian and Caribbean people use solar energy as a cost effective, healthy and environmentally friendly source of alternative energy. Barbados is now rated fourth worldwide in the number of solar heaters per capita. Solar Dynamics has factories in Barbados and St Lucia, and markets throughout the Caribbean. Its clients are mainly large hotels, but recently the government of Barbados has begun to look at the use of Solar Dynamics’ products in public buildings.

The ANSA Caribbean Awards/UWI lecture series was launched last September with an inaugural lecture delivered by Caribbean Awards 2006 Arts & Letters laureate, filmmaker Robert Yao Ramesar, on the language of Caribbean film.

The purpose of the series is to initiate a significant aspect of the ANSA Caribbean Awards mandate: public education, in disseminating the work of its laureates throughout the region.  The ANSA Awards were initiated in 2006 and have since named 13 Laureates in the fields of Arts & Letters, Science & Technology, and Public & Civic Contributions. The most recent laureates included Trinidadians Dr Kim Johnson (Arts & Letters), Prof Surujpal Teelucksingh (Science & Technology), and Dominican Dr Lennox Honychurch (Public & Civic Contributions).

The ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence is the only Awards programme of its kind in the region: it is privately funded by the ANSA McAL Foundation, and fields nominees from the entire English-speaking Caribbean via local nominating committees. More information about the Caribbean Awards for Excellence can be found on its website, Brief video profiles of Mr Husbands, the other laureates, and the Caribbean Awards, can be found on the Awards’ YouTube channel (ANSCAFE -- or via a link from its Facebook page.  For further information, please contact the UWI Marketing and Communications Office, at (868) 662-2002 exts. 3726, 2014, 2315 or 2324 or

This Lecture is free and open to the campus community.

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