Ottos Comprehensive Secondary Receives US $50,000.00 Grant to Commission Solar PV Systems

Hon. Molwyn Joseph, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, joined by Mrs. Rosa Greenaway, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, cuts the ribbon to the Solar Energy Control Room at the Ottos Comprehensive Secondary as part of the school’s solar energy project unveiling ceremony.

The Ottos Comprehensive Secondary is one of eighteen school recipients to commission their Solar PV System as part of a US $825,000 grant funded project to equip schools and clinics around the country with Solar PV systems.

The audience, which included the Principal of the Ottos Comprehensive Secondary, Mr. Foster Roberts, school staff and various officials from the Ministry of Education, the Department of Environment, and solar PV technician Mr. Alex Spencer of CARISUN, was treated to a number of presentations by the students about the importance of the environment.

The Department of Environment also conducted a drone demonstration to provide Minister Joseph and other onlookers with a visual of the solar PV systems which were recently installed on the school’s roof.

The project Grid Interactive Solar PV Systems for Schools and Clinics in Antigua and Barbuda, or GISS, provides schools and clinics up to $130,000 EC ($50,000 US) in grant funding to purchase, install and operate solar PV systems as well as produce their Site Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) reports and environmental education campaigns. The project is supported by the Government of Italy and is being implemented by the Department of Environment.

The GISS will allow schools and clinics to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and also includes a component to promote knowledge of the environment among schools, teachers, parents, and the local community.

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