Instead of paying big bucks to ship in fuel from overseas to power homes, businesses and cars, it’s time to start using other resources, such as sunshine, wind and waves, said at least 1,500 signatories via a petition submitted to government last month.

“The BVI is blessed with abundant sunshine and trade winds. We want to use these to produce our own clean energy so we are less dependent on imported, expensive and polluting fossil fuels,” the petition states.

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It was delivered by Green VI, a non-profit group dedicated to environmental issues, along with a draft law outlining a process for residents to get permission to install alternative energy systems, according to a statement from Green VI.

The draft law was created as a service to the community by the law firm Harneys, the statement said. It calls for consumers to apply to the Ministry of Communications and Works for a green energy licence.

See the March 8, 2012 edition for full coverage.