The deadline for the Agrofest 2013 Schools’ Renewable Energy Competition has been extended until Friday, January 25.

The competition, which is being staged by the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), First Citizens Investment Services and local alternative energy firm Innogen, seeks to sensitise young Barbadians about the importance of being energy conscious.

Open to primary school children from ages eight to 11 and secondary school students from 11 to 16, it will encourage participants to carry out energy audits at their respective schools and make recommendations for more efficient energy use.

The top five schools in each category will have the opportunity to present their findings and recommendations to a judging panel. There is also an individual category for children in the same age groups as the schools’ categories. However, participants will be required to carry out home energy audits.

Prizes in the primary schools category are: 1st – $1,000, 2nd – $750, and 3rd – $500. The top three schools in the Secondary Schools category will be awarded $1,500, $1,000 and $750. Those in the individual category will take home $1,000, $750 and $500 for first, second and third place, respectively.????

Agrofest 2013 will run from February 22 to 24 in Queen’s Park under the theme Renewable Energy: Leading the charge

Further information on the competition may be obtained by contacting the Agrofest Secretariat, c/o The Barbados Agricultural Society, The Grotto, Beckles Road, St. Michael at 436-6683, fax number 435-0651, email address or by visiting the website

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