Thousands of years ago, The Iroquois Confederacy, five Native American tribes in what is now the USA, lived by one Great Law – “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations”.
The Great Law warned the leaders of the Confederacy: “Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground – the unborn of the future Nation”. So simple and yet so sophisticated in its outlook, this Great Law created a civilization that lived in harmony with the natural environment and was nourished by a spirit of cooperation, thoughtfulness and sustainability.
Today in Trinidad & Tobago, we at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs are inspired by this Great Law of ‘Seven Generations’. As an energy-rich country we have the responsibility to make better decisions to conserve our resources where we can, use them where they are most needed and find new sources of energy that will leave a lasting more positive legacy on our environment for future generations.
That’s why we have embarked on programmes to promote energy efficiency in our homes, our schools and our business. We have adopted renewable energy programs that have brought solar panels to community centres and orphanages and wind turbines to schools. When we think about the Great law of the Iroquois we know we have been moving in the right direction. We’ve begun to change the way we think and act and know that we have so much further to go.
We ask you to join with us in Thinking Seven Generations ahead as we move forward to developing sustainable energy for a sustainable future.
The Solar House – Renewable Energy in Action
The Solar House Project continues along the path we have charted to make renewable energy our future. Trinidad and Tobago’s first fully solar-powered energy-efficient home uses no power from the national grid and all of the electricity is produced from Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) panels. All hot water is provided using a solar water heater on the roof and the power of the sun provides full power for all the lighting and the appliances in the entire house. This is renewable energy in action.
This Solar House is suitably located on the UTT Energy Campus in Pt. Lisas. In his address at the July 28th launch, Hon. Minister Kevin Ramnarine indicated “The solar house is intended as a teaching tool, as a demonstrative tool, for the young people of Trinidad and Tobago.” Our hope is that it will become a focal point for energy education, research, school tours, demonstration and a symbol of our commitment to making renewable energy the new normal, not an experimental novelty.
We continue working to pass legislation that will make these homes possible for people all over the country. Meanwhile, this project is an important step in making renewable energy a part of our everyday lives.