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‘Green’ skills to be taught at HLSCC

Solar Panels for public schools in near future?
Students will gain hands-on experience with Alternative Energy and other related topics being taught at the HLSCC. File Photo: VINO
Hon. Walwyn says students of the VI will soon have the opportunity to complete courses in AE related subjects. Photo: Javon Liburd/VINO
Hon. Walwyn says students of the VI will soon have the opportunity to complete courses in AE related subjects. Photo: Javon Liburd/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The government of the Virgin Islands along with private businesses and non-profit organisations within the Virgin Islands (VI) are currently on a campaign encouraging residents to come onboard and take advantage of alternative energy in efforts to save energy and money.

Minister for Culture and Education Hon. Myron Walwyn said with the Territory adopting the use of alternative energy (AE), it provides the residents with more than saving money or energy. He added that it provides the opportunity for the subjects related to AE to be introduced and added to the curriculum of the local college as well as provide jobs and career opportunities.

“There is much to gain from the use of alternative energy in the VI, and the local community college is the place to fuel the inquisitiveness and knowledge.”

At the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) on June 7, 2012, Hon. Walwyn said VI students will soon have the opportunity to have hands-on learning in solar energy, electrical and structural designs, solar power systems and many other topics.

Walwyn stated that his ministry has realised the importance and potential for job opportunities in the trade and vocational industries. “I believe that this industry is an opportunity for Virgin Islanders to gain jobs, work experience and economical abilities.”

He said in research done, alternative energy is much more cost effective and less damaging to the environment than fossil fuels. Hon. Walwyn added that anything that can be done to reduce electricity cost as well as to protect the environment is a welcomed change, and “it also presents us to the world as globally responsible citizens”.

Hon. Walwyn forecasted that consumers will begin to purchase solar panels and batteries at the services of local experts who will then set up these systems. “That means big opportunities for our students that will gain firsthand experience for alternative energy supply from the HLSCC. In a few years I hope that the same students would be leaders of the alternative energy industry in the VI.”

He further suggested that after several months of monitoring the supply of solar energy recently granted to the HLSCC and viewing its success and the amount of money that is being save, “perhaps a similar one can be designed for a few of our public schools.”

He stated that this is something to consider while he is in the avenue of identifying ways to reduce school expenses.

2 Responses to “‘Green’ skills to be taught at HLSCC”

  • police officer (12/06/2012, 13:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    blah blah blah blah blah blah blah just more empty talk
  • Snickers (12/06/2012, 13:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is not called "green skills" - rather the buzz word is "sustainability" It is not only about energy conservation or alternative forms of micro-generation either. Sustainability encompasses low carbon construction, renewables, recycling and reduction in waste period! What I do not comprehend is whether HLSCC is a techniology college or a built environment college - how does solar farming fit into HLSCC programmes? Please do not forget about preservation too Hon. Walwyn! We need to preserve and protect our areas of outstanding beauty as well as those historically important structures throughtout thsi territory. What about renewables energy for the schools? Surely the nvestmen for say Capoons Bay school for a small wind-turbine and a few PV's wouldn't break the bank and the ROI would be significant in the med-long term!

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