Four prisoners and six Prison Officers at the Belle Isle Correctional Facility have been trained in solar photovoltaic (PV) installation and maintenance.
Superintendent of Prisons, Mr. Brenton Charles speaking at a ceremony to launch the Belle Isle Correctional Facility’s solar PV system valued at over 200-thousand, on Tuesday May 2, said the four prisoners- Augustus Pierre, Damian Bristol, Jonathon Browne, and Noel Bynoe-will receive certificates in practical basic solar photovoltaic installation.
He expressed hope that the training would make inmates more productive citizens when they return to society.
The Energy Unit and the Promoting Access to Clean Energy Services in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (PACES) project in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security, Air and Sea Port Development and the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) spearheaded the solar PV installation.
In his opening address, Director of the Energy Unit, Ellsworth Dacon, said the 50 kilowatt solar PV System at the Belle Isle Correctional Facility translates to over $30 000 in savings annually.
In the near future, Dacon said that a 200 kilowatt solar PV system would be installed at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College and a 500 kilowatt at the Argyle International Airport. He hopes the Grenadines will soon become 100% renewable.