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Going Green: UWI Mona To Cut Energy Costs by 30 % In 12 Months

going-green-1The energy bill at The University of the West Indies is expected to be slashed by as much as 30 per cent within a year.

This reduction comes as a result of an agreement signed on Tuesday between green energy company SEEBURY through their partner SERS and the University of the West Indies, Mona to replace all existing light fixtures and lamps on the Mona Campus with LED fixtures and lamps, reducing the university’s energy bill by as much 30 percent in the first phase.

This represents millions of dollars in savings annually.

Implementation of phase one of the project will begin within the next 30 days.

The cost is estimated at approximately U$ 1.5M and includes replacing the light fixtures within the halls of residence and office buildings as well as externally on campus, installation and maintenance of the fixtures.

Principal of the UWI, Mona campus, Professor Archibald McDonald says reducing its energy bill represents efforts made by the campus to not only move to energy efficient solutions to save money but also improving the campus’ energy footprint.

“We are keen in identifying cost factors that affect our institution’s budget such as water, security and electricity. The new fixtures will be LED lights and this will bring significant savings for the campus.”

The second phase of the project which will begin in 2017 will focus further on reducing the energy bill further by completing a cogeneration plant which will be combined with installation of more solar panels for green energy production.

Meanwhile, Smart Energy Renewable Solutions (SERS), partner of SEEBURY which is executing the project says the UWI Mona campus is the first in the region to implement green solutions. The company has a reputation for offering green solutions for waste, renewable energy and recycling in various parts of the United States.

“We are excited to be partnering with the UWI, MONA campus which is the first green campus in the entire Caribbean. Phase one of the project is about consumption by reducing the energy bill and phase two will be about implementing solar energy and converting waste to energy where UWI Mona will be generating its own electricity. This will greatly benefit the campus in terms of cost saving and re-directing resources to much needed areas on the campus,” Mario Torres, President of SERS noted.

Enrollment at UWI Mona is a record 17,200 students for the 2015/2016 academic year. This means more demands are placed on limited resources on campus which includes energy costs on campus.

Professor McDonald says money saved will go a long way in providing world class facilities to students such as infrastructure on campus such as housing and classroom facilities.




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