PCJ provides $500k support for energy efficiency system at Herbert Morrison Technical High
February 24, 2017
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has provided a $500,000 grant to Herbert Morrison Technical High School in support of the installation of a 3000 watt grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
The school was given the grant after students from the institution were placed second in the Science Category of the 2015/16 Schools Energy Programme Competition.
A news release from PCJ disclosed that a four-member team from the Montego Bay based high school entered a model design depicting how renewable energy could be used to provide electricity for a building on their school campus, which won second prize in the 16 to 19 age category of the competition. In addition to $40,000 each, the students won funding to implement an energy saving project to help reduce their school’s electricity costs.
Working in collaboration with the PCJ’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Department, the school scoped out a solar PV system to supply power to its industrial arts staff room, which will cost approximately $750,000.
Having approved the specifications, the PCJ handed over its contribution towards the purchase of the system during a recent visit to the school.
“We recognise that energy can be costly and through our Schools Energy Programme the PCJ tries to not only educate students about the challenges of securing affordable energy but we also want to show them how they themselves can address some of those challenges,” said Dr Peter Ruddock, the PCJ’s Manager, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency.
“We were very impressed with the work the students from Herbert Morrison put into their entry in our science competition and it’s our pleasure to provide the grant for implementation having worked closely with the school to identify an affordable system that can reduce energy consumption and generate savings,” he added.
Principal of Herbert Morrison Technical High, Paul Adams said, “As a technical institution our school is always looking for ways to give our students practical experience and the PCJ’s Schools Energy Programme has not only given them hands-on training but the chance to say that through their hard work they have been able to provide a lasting benefit to their entire school community.”
The PCJ’s Schools Energy Programme exposes students at the primary and secondary levels to energy matters including energy efficiency, production and distribution as well as traditional and alternative energy sources through seminars and tours of energy facilities. Participants then have the opportunity to enter the Programme’s Essay, Science and Poster competitions.
The team from Herbert Morrison was among 30 students who won over $2 million in cash and prizes in the competition last year. Students from Campion College, who placed first, ahead of Herbert Morrison in the 16 to 19 age category of the Science Competition, will also receive a similar grant to implement an energy efficiency project at their school.