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Mainstreaming Renewable Energy Resources in Secondary School Laboratories and Raising Youth Awareness on Diversified Alternative Energy Solutions in Trinidad and Tobago (TRI/SGP/OP4/Y2/CORE/2009/06)

Country: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Grantee: United Nations Association of Trinidad and Tobago (UNATT) – UNATT (Non-government Organization)
Focal Area: Climate Change
Op. Program: OP5 – Removal of Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation
OP6 – Promoting the Adoption of Renewable Energy by Removing Barriers and Reducing Implementation Costs
Project Type: Full
Operational Phase: OP4 – Y2 (Jul 08 – Jun 09)
Dates: 7/2009 – 6/2010
Grant Amount: 47 772,00 USD
Project Status: Currently under execution
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Project Details & Results

The main objective of this proposed project is to mainstream alternative energy in the secondary school system in Trinidad and Tobago by implementing solar energy devices in seven (7) schools located in different communities across the country. Using the secondary school network and education system as the vehicle of change and engaging in sensitization programmes targeted mainly at the nation’s youth will be an investment which augers well for the future energy security and sustainable development of our twin island Republic.

By working with the schools, this project will reach out to several communities, strengthening capacity at various levels. Students and teachers will be encouraged to share their knowledge and experience with their families and their wider community. The project aims to directly reduce Green House Gas Emissions (GHGEs) as a consequence of the adoption and direct application of solar energy.The following renewable energy systems will be constructed and installed in the participating schools:
– Grid-tied solar energy generation systems to serve as electrical power generation sources for the computers and lighting in the computer laboratories.
– As a natural solution for water purification purposes in the science laboratories, solar still devices (as endorsed by the Caribbean Solar Energy Society) will be installed to satisfy the demand for distilled water.

The project provides an opportunity for the use of cheaper, cleaner energy sources in secondary schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Not only does it afford them an avenue for reducing the risk being exposed to rising utility prices but it also assists in safeguarding the environment in an economical way. Promotion of clean air, green environments and minimal waste byproducts from petroleum electricity generation serve as an aid in the ecological sustainability process. It opens the doors for jobs in the renewable energy field for citizens who will eventually be supported by the design and development of training and degree programmes in solar energy management systems and energy security and conservation.

Sensitization and mentorship programmes will be employed to inform students and teachers about solar energy generation and management systems being implemented in their work and school environments.


Source: GEF



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