With the Project:
Richmond Vale Academy’s Energy Compliance Project
Richmond Vale Academy’s main aim is to deliver environmental and climate risk reduction strategies on small islands. It works with local, national and international communities to identify and apply practical solutions in order to mitigate the effects of environmental, social and economic challenges that islanders face. In this context, the academy acts as the testing ground for the local community to be able to actively see new environmentally friendly, energy-saving technologies and agricultural techniques in practice and learn about them.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines are vulnerable to all major types of natural hazards. The islands’ geographic location makes it particularly susceptible to floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. As a result of these challenges, Richmond Vale Academy took decisive action to launch the St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference from 2012 – 2021. The aim of the conference is to bring people together, to identify and undertake concrete climate change adaptation projects.
The overall objective for the energy compliance project is to be 90% self-sustainable in the production and use of renewable energy by 2021. Richmond Vale Academy consists of three buildings on a property of thirty acres of land. The academy installed an off-grid photovoltaic system consisting of 72 photovoltaic panels producing a total of 18 kWh that can be stored in 120 batteries with a total capacity of 156 kWh. To be able to fully charge the batteries for longer, the energy system was upgraded to 48 more solar panels producing another 13 kWh.
The academy operates an off-grid photovoltaic solar system in order to be self-sufficient at all times and to remain operational in the event of a central system electricity failure due to climate change-related or other disasters. 70 kWh of energy can be produced and about 60 kWh per day are used on lighting, pumping water and to keep food refrigerated. The kitchen and most of the bathrooms have hot water sourced from solar energy. Room temperature water flows from the water tank to the solar collector where it is heated and then returned to the hot water tank. Hot water can then be drawn on demand from the tank to the showers and sinks in the kitchen.
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