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College Powers Barbados Course


Ron Common, president of Sault College.



Ron Common helped flip the switch on a new renewable energy course at a post-secondary institution in Barbados.


The Sault College president attended the launch of a 45-hour photovoltaic installation course at Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic in late January.


Seventeen students, all from the island nation, are registered, said Sault College chair of continuing education Ted Newberry in an email. Students learn how to mount solar panels and electronic equipment at commercial and residential sites to produce electricity. The course is expected to run three or four times annually.


The college developed course curriculum, trained 17 SJPP faculty and designed and assisted with procurement of laboratory equipment.


Four more modules are planned for solar photovoltaic electrical technician, solar photovoltaic site assessment and design, energy auditing and conservation and wind energy.


SJPP’s goal is to be a leader in renewable energy training in the Caribbean.  A survey done by the polytechnic in 2014 found hundreds need to be trained in renewable energy.


Sault College and SJPP will work together over three years. The partnership is part of a Canadian federal government commitment to the Caribbean region through the Caribbean Education For Employment Program. Ottawa is providing $440,000 over two years. Fudning from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Development Canada is administered by Colleges and Institutes Canada.


Sault College unveiled its Brookfield Renewable Power Energy Training Centre, and a wind turbine on its campus, in 2008.


In 2013, Sault College expected to offer faculty exchanges and opportunities for its students. But when asked if any firm plans are in place, Newberry said “not as this time.”


Digital film students from Sault College may go to Barbados to shoot a promotional video this fall, but that trip is also “not certain.”



Category/ies:Barbados Energy Awareness, Barbados News, News, RE Technologies, Renewable Energy Training, Solar Tech.
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