Renewable Energy Project at Glenmuir High Gets a Boost as PetroCaribe Development Fund Contracts UTechPress Releases — April 06, 2017
The PetroCaribe Development Fund (PCDF) has contracted the University of Technology (UTech) to implement one phase of a renewable energy pilot project at the Glenmuir High School in Clarendon. The contract which is valued at just over JA$2 million was signed on Tuesday February 14, 2017 at UTech Jamaica’s Papine campus.
The pilot project will last four months and includes installation of a solar energy system and other infrastructural modifications, as well as training for the teachers and students in best practices in energy management and efficiency.
Speaking at the contract signing, Dr. Wesley Hughes, CEO of PetroCaribe Development Fund explained: “The promotion and use of alternate sources of energy and a reduction in the use of fossil fuel based energy in public institutions is part of PetroCaribe’s mandate.”
He pointed out that one of the major challenges Jamaica has faced over many decades continues to be the high cost of energy, which stifles business competitiveness and “makes households poorer.” He asserted that there is a lot to be gained from structured initiatives that support renewable energy and training. It is in this context that the Fund has designed a project to increase energy efficiency in schools.
“We believe that students at the high school level are ideal candidates for the implementation of a project of this nature and that the multiplier effects are far-reaching and diverse,” Dr. Hughes said.
PetroCaribe Development Fund anticipates that the students participating in the project will in turn demonstrate skills and the best practices learnt within the school, at home and later in the workplace.
Dr. Hughes noted that Glenmuir High School was selected for the pilot project “primarily because the school demonstrated the capacity consistent with the project requirements.” He added that the intention is to replicate the project in other high schools across Jamaica after the pilot at Glenmuir High.
President of the University, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, in welcoming the partnership, said: “UTech welcomes the project as a perfect fit with the University’s thrust towards leveraging our expertise, knowledge and use of technology and innovation to impact the country’s development.”