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Portmore HEART Academy Goes Green With Solar Energy

Alicia Forrest, Gleaner Writer

The solar panels on the roof of the auditorium at the Portmore HEART Academy.-Contributed

The Portmore HEART Academy recently installed solar panels, which were a donation arising out of an initiative started by the late Mayor George Lee with the city of Hagen in Germany.

According to Byron Hall, technical coordinator at the institution, the cells were donated as part of a push to promote the use of solar energy in communities.

Maikel Oerbekke, director of Renewable Energy Developers, who was instrumental in the project, in an interview, said that the institution was chosen as the ideal site for the donation as it would be a good way to introduce younger persons to solar energy and to get them thinking about it. He added that it would be a learning opportunity as well for the students as they would better understand how the system worked.

The panels, visible from the roof of the auditorium, will serve several buildings, including the administrative building, staff lodgings, and the student dormitories located on the campus.

The system will generate about 2,000 kilowatt-hours per month. The solar panels were officially handed over in a ceremony on Thursday.


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