Wigton to Offer Renewable Energy Training Course in July

Photo: Rudranath Fraser Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley (left), cuts the ribbon to officially open the Wigton Renewable Energy Laboratory in Rose Hill, Manchester, on November 3, 2016. Others (from left, front row) are Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Hilary Alexander; Project Manager at Wigton, Michelle Chin Lenn, and Chairman of Wigton, Dwayne Smith. In the back row (from left) are Group General Manager at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Winston Watson; General Manager at the facility, Earl Barrett, and British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency David Fitton.

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  • Wigton Renewable Energy Training Laboratory is offering a three-day certification course in wind and hydro systems from July 12 to 14.
  • The training is targeted at renewable energy service providers, technicians, energy enthusiasts, educators and students, and persons interested in entering or enhancing their knowledge of the evolving energy industry.
  • He said the training being offered will equip engineers, technicians, installers and other service providers to develop or enhance their skills to take advantage of the employment and business opportunities that will arise.

Wigton Renewable Energy Training Laboratory is offering a three-day certification course in wind and hydro systems from July 12 to 14.

The deadline for registration is June 30.

The training is targeted at renewable energy service providers, technicians, energy enthusiasts, educators and students, and persons interested in entering or enhancing their knowledge of the evolving energy industry.

“As we continue to see an increase in the use of renewable energy on a national level, there will be a growing demand for trained professionals in the sector,” General Manager of Wigton Windfarm, Earl Barrett, told JIS News.

He said the training being offered will equip engineers, technicians, installers and other service providers to develop or enhance their skills to take advantage of the employment and business opportunities that will arise.

The course will consist of four modules, inclusive of the types and components of turbines used at energy facilities operating in Jamaica; wind turbine installations; hydro simulations and the assessment of wind and hydro resources.

Germany, Renewables Academy (RENAC)-trained lecturers Andrew Johnson, Tara-Sue Rhoden and Lawrence Kirby, as well as Wigton Training Coordinator and Engineer, Sanja A. Simmonds, will undertake the training and the assessment.

Information about this and other courses offered at the Wigton Renewable Energy Training Lab are available at Wigton’s website at www.wwfja.com; by calling 960-3994, or by sending an email to Sanja Simmonds at sanja.simmonds@wwfja.com.

Wigton Windfarm Limited opened its Renewable Energy Training Lab in November 2016.

The lab offers training courses in all areas of renewable energy, including solar photovoltaic, wind power, small hydro, bioenergy and energy conservation. Curricula are delivered through workshops, lectures and practical lab work.

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