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UVI Prepares Territory To Work With Renewable Resources

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As the territory continues to explore alternative sources of energy to combat the high cost of electricity, the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is doing its part to make sure the local workforce is poised to meet the growing needs of the industry.

UVI, through its Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) will be offering an entry-level program designed specifically for individuals who are interested in the green and renewable energy field.  The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry-Level Photovoltaic Program (PV) will be offered January 26-30, 2015 from 8 am – 5 pm at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.  

“A key aspect of growing the Caribbean solar market is the development of a highly qualified and skilled workforce,” said Dr. Wayne Archibald, Director of CGTC.  “Our goal is prepare our own local citizens for employment in the solar industry not just in the Virgin Islands but also throughout the entire Caribbean basin,” continued Dr. Archibald. 

The 40-hour program provides a basic understanding of the terms and operational aspects of a photovoltaic or solar heating system.  The course can be used as a basis for entry into the industry and can lead to other certifications and employment.  Upon successful completion of the course, participants can sit for the NABCEP Entry-Level Exam which demonstrates that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV systems or Solar Heating Systems. 

For fees or more information on the PV training, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100.