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Three-day regional work- shop on ‘Renewable Energy Technologies’ in Jamaica

DIREKT partners in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago collaborated to run a three-day regional workshop on renewable energy technologies, with an emphasis on photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy technologies from 2 - 4 April 2012 in Jamaica. The workshop was held at the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.

The main objective of the workshop was to provide the 34 participants with an awareness and understanding of the importance and operation of photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy technologies in the Caribbean. The participants mainly came from the private sector, though the public sector and universities were also represented. Particular emphasis was on:

  • Practical knowledge of the design and installation of stand-alone and grid-connected PV systems;
  • Business perspectives of the industry such as local codes of practice or system designs and benefits to home owners;
  • A comprehensive introduction to the fundamental elements of wind energy, including an overview of wind developments worldwide;
  • An understanding of the essentials needed for wind development, including an assessment of resources and the potential environmental impacts of the use of wind energy.

According to the workshop's agenda, the third day was dedicated to three study visits: at the Wigton Wind Farm participants saw wind turbines in operation.

The second visit was to a branch of Juici Patties Co. Ltd. which uses both PV and wind energy to generate enough electricity for the requirements of the company. Finally, the participants visited the site of a scheme aimed at domestic housing which intends to fully power every house using PV panels.

 
 

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