The implementation of solar energy at T.G. Glover Primary School is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to reform the nation’s energy sector. T.G. Glover Primary School is the second government institution to install solar facilities. The Solar PV Project is the result of a $960,000 grant from the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Seas (IMELS). The Ministry of the Environment and Housing along with IMELS and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) launched the first project at Anatol Rodgers High School during a virtual ceremony on October 23 as part of a Regional Programme.
The Hon. Romauld Ferreira, Minister of the Environment and Housing, said the installation at Anatol Rodgers was the first of a programme of installations at public schools and facilities and fulfills one of the strategic objectives of the Government to realize a low-carbon economy. The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education (MOE) expressed pleasure that T.G. Glover, the largest primary school, will be featured in the second phase of the programme. “We are very committed in the MOE to make the best use of
optimized energy through the implementation of solar facilities in our school system,” he said.
Colin Young, Executive Director 5Cs, said given the successful implementation of the energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofits at Anatol Rodgers, The Bahamas has plans to retrofit the T.G. Glover Primary School with additional approved funding. It is expected to commence in the first half of 2021.
The project includes:
• retrofitting of one of the largest primary schools on the island of New Providence,
with a photovoltaic battery backup system;
• constructing a greenhouse for a pilot horticulture curriculum study;
• establishing a pilot recycling program to investigate suitable solid waste
management strategies for educational institutions.