For many of you, today, and the next few days, are likely to be especially difficult. Our hearts are very heavy still heavy.
This first week of September has become a sobering time in our nation’s calendar.
While many people throughout The Bahamas were impacted one way or another, by the events of September 2019, it is you Abaconians and Grand Bahamians who are front and centre in our thoughts today.
One of the most difficult things about grief is feeling alone – feeling the world has moved on, while you are still mourning.
So it is very important to me to tell you that you are not alone. That we are with you. Bahamians across our country are right now praying with you, and for you, and for your loved ones.
Prime Minister Hon. Philip E. Davis, Deputy Prime Minister, and Member of Parliament for Exuma and Ragged Island, Hon. I. Chester Cooper led a delegation to the southern island for the Bahamas Power and Light’s Commissioning Ceremony for the Ragged Island Solar MicroGrid.
In his remarks, Prime Minister Davis said, “Every family and every business in The Bahamas knows that energy costs are too high, service is too unreliable, and past promises of progress haven’t panned out.”
Davis went on to say that by now, Bahamians know that climate change is a real threat. “If there was ever any doubt, Irma and Dorian erased those doubts with a vengeance. We contribute a tiny, tiny percentage of the world’s emissions, but we are going to be part of climate solutions in many ways in the years to come, including by keeping our own commitment to generate at least 30% of our energy from renewable sources by 2030.”
The Davis-led Administration also promises good news for the Northern Bahamas, as an investment of more than $36 million in renewable infrastructure in Abaco and East Grand Bahama will be made. Prime Minister Davis said the focus of the investment in Abaco will include $18 million for the restoration of electricity services and the rehabilitation of physical infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Dorian and an investment of $4.5 million will be made to install five microgrids in East End Grand Bahama.