UVI Caribbean Green Technology Center to Host Lunch & Learn Webinar Series 

Virgin Islands Energy Office Solar Storage (submitted photo)

Throughout October, the  University of the Virgin Islands’  Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC)  will commemorate  National Energy Awareness Month  with several activities.  The month kicked off with “Back to the Basics: Renewable Energy 101” from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday,  Oct. 7.

Throughout the  rest of the  month, a  series of  energy-related  webinars  will be held to educate in the community about energy for  the  household or small business in the U.S. Virgin  Islands.

The  “Lunch & Learn”  series  will feature a range of experts  including  solar installers, engineers, architects, community solar organizers, the Virgin  Islands  Energy Office, renewable energy experts and top energy consultants in the Caribbean.

“Come learn and celebrate with us the wonder that is electricity. Whether you’re curious, or if you want to become more energy independent, lower your electricity bill or use renewable energy but aren’t sure where to start, then Energy Month is perfect for you,” said Ariel Stolz, assistant director of UVI C GTC.

Other scheduled events include:

  • On  Oct.  14,  from  noon  to 1 p.m.,  ProSolar expert PV installers will facilitate a home solutions session on “Renewable Energy Systems: From Inquiry to Reality. ” To  register for this webinar, use this link  http://bit.ly/re-systems-prosolar.

Following-up on  Oct.  16,  from 11 a.m. to  noon,  the Virgin Islands  Energy Office (VIEO)  will  demonstrate a  tutorial on their Solar Savings Calculator.  To  register for this webinar, contact Lynette Sierra at [email protected].

  • On  Oct.  21, “Powering Through a Blackout”  will provide solutions at different price points that  can  build energy independence  and meet individuals’ specific needs.
  • The following week on Oct.  26,  from  noon  to 1 p.m.,  join  a discussion on “Energy Futures of the Caribbean,” featuring  VIEO  Director Kyle Fleming; Caribbean  energy  consultant Martyn Forde; and green architect Doug White.  To register for this webinar, use this link: http://bit.ly/powering-thru-blackout.
  • The Energy Month series will  end  on Oct. 26, from 2:30 p.m. to  4  p.m.,  with  a  presentation on  “Household Energy and Water Resilience, ” from the U.S. Virgin  Islands  Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Plan team and Keep Safe Enterprise. The session is geared  to help  participants and their  households to be  prepared for disruptions.
Virgin Islands Energy Office

“We need electricity for everything now,” said  Greg Guannel, Ph.D., director of UVI CGTC.  “We need it to keep food cool, to ventilate our houses, to charge our laptops and cell phones; businesses depend on it for transactions and to operate necessary equipment.  Electricity is all around us all the time, and we feel it most when power goes out.”

“Fortunately, we have plenty of sun and wind, so solutions exist that can help us at all times and fit all budgets,” Guannel  said.  “From energy efficiency equipment to off-grid or grid interconnected systems, to solar-powered generators, or even solar cell phone chargers, many options exist that allow us to increase our ability to operate when small or large disturbances occur.”

There is no admission cost for the  Energy  Month webinar series.

For more information about Energy Month,  visit the  UVI’s CGTC website at  www.cgtc-usvi.com/energy-month. To  register  as  a  volunteer  for  technical support  at  any of  the  webinar  events,  contact Ariel Stolz at  [email protected]