Horsford’s customers benefit from government/company’s new energy initiatives

Basseterre, St. Kitts (CUOPM) — Seizing on the energy incentives offered to businesses and residents by the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Government, S. L. Horsford and Co. Ltd says its new energy initiatives are benefiting consumers.

“They save more than just electricity, they bring a continued promise of better prices and service and offer the pleasure and pride of conducting business in environmentally friendly facilities,” the company said in a presentation printed in its annual report for 2013.

The company said that Valu Mart and other Horsford locations are expected to significantly reduce their annual energy consumption through recent upgrades to energy-efficient lighting, air conditioning and the introduction of solar power generation.

“We want to look after our customers and exceed their expectations when they shop with us. It’s a competitive industry, so we are always looking for ways to keep our costs down to ensure our customers get the best we can offer without sacrificing quality,” said Chairman & Managing Director of the Horsford Group of Companies, Mr. Anthony Kelsick.

Over one year ago, Horsford’s Board and Management team introduced plans to significantly reduce their energy consumption and energy footprint. This initiative would increase the performance of the business as a whole and place the company in an even better position to pass on benefits and savings to its loyal customer base.

“Our energy audit and green energy retrofit programme help to reduce the carbon footprint of our business, thereby resulting in less overhead costs, more savings for our customers and positive performance for our shareholders,” said Mr Kelsick.

Horsford commenced the exercise with the engagement of local energy consultant Mr Alfonso O’Garro of Caribbean Energy Consulting to execute energy audit reports. The company then contracted local engineer Nick Brisbane of Green Edge Technologies Ltd to provide general advice and lighting retrofitting solutions and Mr. Chris Mason of Comet Systems Ltd of Anguilla was enlisted to provide the solar energy installations. Mr. Edmund Tross of ARES Energy Solutions provided air condition retro-fitting services, while Mr. Ulson Mulley of Mulleys Electrical performed the required electrical works. General Contractor services, including overall roof repairs and preparation, were provided by Mr. Bicknell Thompson of Universal Building Maintenance.

During the installation, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin and his Permanent Secretary, Mr. Lenny Lake viewed the installation process.

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