Green Energy Vocational Training to Start in Leogane Fall 2012

Among the many organizations devoting time, energy and funding to help Haiti re-develop and bring it into the 21st century is the University of Colorado at Boulder's (UCB) Mechanical Engineering Department. The department's project, offered to give graduate and undergraduate students experience in the field, is the design of a green energy vocational training program, for the Mon P'tit Village School in Léogâne, Haiti.


The UCB Sustainable Energy Team went on a fact-finding mission to Léogâne this January pas,t to discover what particular energy needs the local community has, and to design a curriculum to train the Léogâne instructors in green energy conservation. Alan Mickelson and Mike Hannigan, both professors of Mechanical Engineering, collaborated with two grad and three undergrad students to produce a certificate program in sustainable energy.

The program, divided into 20% theory and 80% application, will teach instructors and then students the installation, use, and upkeep of wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy systems. The Sustainable Energy Team held a three-week training program in Léogâne in June to demonstrate how to install Mon P'tit's solar electric system, noting the importance of adjusting solar panel angles, so optimal performance can be achieved.

The sustainable energy certificate program, designed for 11th graders, will start this fall 2012 at Mon P'tit Village School. Graduate student Joanna Gordon of the Sustainable Energy Team spoke of her team's intention ". . . to plant a seed of conscious development . . . . (so) community needs can be met."

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