Four prisoners and six Prison Officers at the Belle Isle Correctional Facility have been trained in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installation and maintenance.
They were presented with Certificates of Appreciation and Achievement on Tuesday, during a ceremony to launch the Belle Isle Correctional Facility’s Solar PV System.
Brenton Charles, Superintendent of Prisons, expressed hope that the training would make inmates more productive citizens when they return to society.
He said the installation of the Solar PV System will greatly reduce the Energy Bill at the Correctional Facility and puts them in a better position to capitalize.
Meanwhile, Ellsworth Dacon, Director of the Energy Unit, said the PACES project has sponsored thirteen Vincentians to become solar PV installers.
He added that there needs to be a more vigorous public awareness campaign on the benefits of using solar energy.
Mr. Dacon said he believes they are on target with becoming 60% renewable by 2020.