Anatol Rodgers almost solely reliant on renewables

Anatol Rodgers almost solely reliant on renewables

Woslee Construction completes solar installation at the school

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Woslee Construction has completed an almost $1 million installation of one of the biggest rooftop-mounted solar panels at Anatol Rodgers High School.

The installation makes Anatol Rodgers one of the first schools to be almost solely reliant on alternative energy.

The 250-kilowatt DC power solar system was made possible through a grant by the Italian government, according Housing and Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira, who said task obtaining the endowment was not an easy task.

Ferreira told Eyewitness News Online that as technology evolves, it is important to take full advantage of its capabilities.

“We live in a country with some of the highest utility rates, so this is a part of energy saving,” the minister said. “Energy savings means lowering the costs of delivering education to our people.” 

Anatol Rogers Principal Hartcourt McCoy touted the work of Woslee Construction and expressed excitement about the prospects of schools being reliant on renewable energy . 

“I would say close to none – no interruption of the instructional programs,” McCoy said on Woskee Construction’s work. “Throughout the whole process, project managers were very intentional about finding out if the school had particular preferences in the timing of the workers and making sure every little thing could’ve consistently continued.”

According to the Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, solar outfitting is set to begin at T.G. Glover, while the Office of the Prime Minister is set to have ground-mounted solar panels as well.

According to Woslee Construction Project Manager O’Neill Moss, the installation was split into two phases in order to reduce the energy being used at the school.

“All of the exterior lighting — putting them on a timer whereby they would be sequenced on turning on at night and off; that was an issue that they had.”

“They also had an issue with their corridor lighting whereby they would be on during the day and the night, so we went ahead and did those. We installed vacancy sensors. We installed programmable thermostats.

“The second part was the generation of alternative energy. That’s where the solar voltaic system came into play.”

According to the Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, solar outfitting is set to begin at T.G. Glover, while the Office of the Prime Minister is set to have ground-mounted solar panels as well.

In March, A partnership forged between the government of The Bahamas and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) made way for a multi-million dollar solarized project at the Thomas A. Robinson National stadium parking lot, which is expected to save taxpayers thousands of dollars.

The 925-kilowatt grid-tied solar system will replace the need for 310,000 litres of diesel fuel annually, which will save an estimated $350,000, while offsetting 856 tons of carbon emissions per year, according to officials.

The lot has 324 parking stations and an additional two electrical car charge ports for electrical vehicles.