Renewable Energy in Schools Project Commissioned
 
On 16 March 2015 the Renewable Energy in Schools Project (RESP) was officially commissioned at the Parvati Girls’ Hindu College. The formal ceremony was held to commemorate the successful installation of solar lighting and solar stills in twenty-one (21) schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago, of which Parvati Girls’ was a part.

Ms. Shanaya Sinnanan, a student of Parvati Girls’ Hindu College, spoke on behalf of the school informing the audience that the shcool had produced a board game – Climaquest – which allowed students to learn about climate change and environmental preservation while having fun. In his greetings, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs, Mr. Selwyn Lashley praised the school for their leadership in promotion of renewable energy education. He also stated that the RESP was aligned to the Ministry of Education’s goals of developing good citizenship among the nation’s youths.

Ms. Shanaya Sinnanan, a student of Parvati Girls’ Hindu College, spoke on behalf of the school informing the audience that the shcool had produced a board game – Climaquest – which allowed students to learn about climate change and environmental preservation while having fun. In his greetings, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs, Mr. Selwyn Lashley praised the school for their leadership in promotion of renewable energy education. He also stated that the RESP was aligned to the Ministry of Education’s goals of developing good citizenship among the nation’s youths.

Energy, water and food security as well as climate change were some of the topics discussed in the feature address given by Senator the Honourable Kevin Ramnarine, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs. He noted that the energy sector underpins the standard of living enjoyed by citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and accordingly, urged those present to do their part to conserve energy and reduce our carbon footprint. He explained that the Ministry is partnering with various stakeholders in the search for economically viable solutions to the issues of high carbon dioxide emissions and climate change.

Minister Ramnarine explained that the Government’s energy policy has shifted towards a Low Carbon Economy and pointed out that 10% of PTSC’s fleet of buses were now powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). He noted that NGC has erected a CNG fuel station at City Gate to facilitate the ongoing conversion of public transportation to CNG. In addition to the RESP which was managed by National Energy on behalf of the Government, Minister Ramnarine also revealed that a solar-powered house was being developed at the UTT Point Lisas campus. He stated that upon completion, the house would be open to students as a learning tool.

The short ceremony concluded with a tour of the school’s library which is powered by solar energy and the solar stills located on the rooftop which produce distilled water for the school’s laboratories.

In its role as promoter of energy-based projects in Trinidad and Tobago, National Energy is proud to be at the forefront of the country’s renewable energy thrust. We will continue to do our part to ensure the responsible utilization of the nation’s resources and the development of renewable energy sources to secure the nation’s energy future.


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