The Caribbean Solar Energy Society recently partnered with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the Organization of American States, and the Government of Spain to provide training in renewable energy technologies:
Thirty persons from CARICOM member states recently participated in four technical sessions held during a training workshop on renewable energy technologies, in particular, solar cooling and heating systems, photovoltaics and wind energy.
The workshop, held from 9-11 May in Bridgetown, Barbados, was titled SATIS 2012: Sustainable Alternatives for Tropical Island States, a training workshop on Renewable Energy Technologies. It was hosted by the Caribbean Solar Energy Society with key sponsorship provided by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID) (representing the Government of Spain). SATIS 2012 was supported by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, and the Organization of American States (OAS).
The workshop was especially timely, coming on the heels of the United Nations Development Programme UNDP High Level Conference of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on Achieving Sustainable Energy for All. Attaining the goals espoused at this meeting will depend on having a critical mass of persons trained in effective renewable energy development and utilisation.
Three of the four workshop facilitators were regional experts in their fields, while the fourth, a lecturer and expert in Solar Cooling technology, was from the Netherlands. The first and third days of the workshop took the form of plenary sessions, dealing with solar thermal energy, with a focus on solar water heating technology, and solar cooling, while on the second day, participants delved into the intricacies of their chosen form of renewable energy harvesting, photovoltaics or wind energy, looking at the resource and the technology of systems currently in use or available in the region and prospects for the future. The workshop also included a field trip to one of Barbados’ recent photovoltaics installations at the National Oil Company’s office location.
Read more in the full article from Caribbean News Now.
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