Primary schools go photovoltaic
Four primary schools here are on their way towards reducing their energy costs by up to 40 per cent with the installation of environmentally- friendly power alternatives.
Solar photovoltaic systems have been installed at Charles F. Broome Memorial, Luther Thorne Memorial, Grantley Prescod and Good Shepherd Primary Schools through a donation of US $121,818 by the Japanese Government.
Installing these systems within the select primary schools was consistent with the objectives of the Japanese programme, which supports areas such as primary health care, primary education, poverty relief, public welfare and environment, the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) said in a release.
“The erection of solar photovoltaic systems at schools was envisioned to accomplish multiple objectives, including the decrease in the schools’ electricity consumption; the provision of an emergency power supply during disasters; as well as a public awareness, educational and training component,” the BGIS release quoted Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Patrick Todd, as saying.
Todd said the programme was expected to result in a 10 to 30 per cent reduction in the schools’ energy costs, adding that the project was also expected to benefit staff, 3,400 students, as well as parents and guardians, who through exposure to photovoltaic technology, would “hopefully, develop a better understanding of energy issues and its relationship to climate change”.
Second Secretary with the Embassy of Japan Takafumi Ura explained that each school would benefit from reduced energy consumption with an environmentally-friendly power alternative, the BGIS said.
“Students will now have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of renewable energy through the imparting of fundamental training tailored appropriately for primary school student learning. The recipient schools should also benefit from significant cost efficiencies reflected through their consumption rates in addition to low operating and maintenance cost,” Mr. Ura is quoted as saying. (BGIS)