Wig­ton Wind­farm opens re­new­able en­ergy train­ing lab

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

Wig­ton Wind­farm Lim­ited is a sub­sidiary of the Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion of Ja­maica and is the largest wind-en­ergy fa­cil­ity in the English-speak­ing Caribbean.

WIG­TON WIND­FARM Lim­ited has opened a re­new­able-en­ergy train­ing fa­cil­ity at its Re­source Cen­tre in Rose Hill, Manch­ester.

The Wig­ton Re­new­able En­ergy Train­ing Lab will de­liver prac­ti­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal cour­ses in ar­eas such as so­lar ther­mal, pho­to­voltaics, con­cen­trated so­lar and wind power, small hy­dro, bio-en­ergy, fuel cells and en­ergy con­ser­va­tion. Wig­ton’s goal is for the lab to be­come one of the Caribbean’s premier re­new­able en­ergy train­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The train­ing of­fered will fo­cus on ca­pac­ity build­ing and ex­po­sure to best prac­tices with em­pha­sis on in­no­va­tion and ef­fi­ciency. Cur­ric­ula will be de­liv­ered through work­shops, sem­i­nars, lec­tures, cour­ses and prac­ti­cal lab work. Tar­get groups in­clude en­ergy pro­fes­sion­als and en­trepreneurs, ter­tiary stu­dents and the gen­eral public.

IN­TE­GRAL ROLE

The lab was of­fi­cially opened by Min­is­ter of Science, En­ergy and Tech­nol­ogy Dr An­drew Wheat­ley on Wed­nes­day. Speak­ing at the open­ing Dr Wheat­ley said, “Wig­ton, is an in­te­gral com­po­nent of the national drive for sus­tain­able en­ergy so­lu­tions.

“The ad­di­tion of this re­new­able en­ergy lab to its plethora of ser­vice of­fer­ings to the peo­ple of Ja­maica rep­re­sents a con­tin­u­a­tion of the vi­sion of Wig­ton, and in­deed, the Gov­ern­ment – for ca­pac­ity build­ing, cre­at­ing sus­tain­able en­ergy so­lu­tions, re­duc­ing threats to the en­vi­ron­ment and grow­ing our econ­omy.”

Wig­ton’s gen­eral manger, Earl Bar­rett said, the fa­cil­ity will ac­cel­er­ate Wig­ton’s on­go­ing ef­forts to foster the growth of Ja­maica’s emerg­ing re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­try by de­vel­op­ing hu­man cap­i­tal. Since its in­cep­tion in 2004, the com­pany has pro­vided train­ing for lo­cal en­gi­neers and other pro­fes­sion­als as well as ter­tiary level engi­neer­ing stu­dents.

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