Two primary schools, based in St Philip, today became the first Government-owned buildings to be powered solely by solar energy.
As part of its activities to mark Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Month, the Division of Energy officially handed over the photovoltaic systems during ceremonies at Bayley’s and St Catherine’s.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harcourt Husbands told the students at Bayley’s that it was an historic day in the life of their school since “from today, all the electricity that is used at your school will be made right here at your school and that electricity will come directly from the sun.
“This makes your school one of the leading schools in the Caribbean and even the world”.
The photovoltaic system at Bayley’s will supply 139 per cent of current consumption, with an expected annual saving of $11,000, while the system at St Catherine’s will supply 122 per cent of current consumption, saving $4,000 annually.
Installation work began at the two schools in March and was completed in October at a cost of $175,000 each.
The work was carried out by Future Energy Caribbean Inc., based at Cane Garden, St Thomas.
This brings the number of schools with solar systems installed by the Division of Energy to 16.
The Net Zero Energy Project, under which this initiative falls, aims to reduce energy consumption from conventional fuels; reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of renewable energy; and promote education and public awareness of renewable energy through the promotion of decentralized solar photovoltaic electricity systems within the community.