Verdun House is now powering itself.
For the last three months, the safe house for nurturing a supportive environment for healing and recovery from addiction has been generating its own electricity and selling the excess to the Barbados Light and Power.
CEO of the Substance Abuse Foundation, Marietta Carrington signed an agreement with the Global Environment Facility's small grants programme implemented by the UNDP for us $50 thousand to facilitate their solar roof top project.
The project seeks to outfit all the buildings at Verdun House with 502 panels including their animal and vegetable farms.
The animal farm houses, 2000 boiler chickens, 400 layers, 70 sheep and 20 goats.
The total cost of the project is just over $400 thousand and will generate 100 thousand watts of electricity to the Light and Power annually.
SAF chairman Peter Boos says for too long the Foundation has had to rely on very wealthy philanthropists for funding.
National coordinator of the small grants programme David Bynoe commended the Foundation for moving their project from an idea to a reality.