K2K Renewable Energy Success 

St. Lawrence College

The CiCan Caribbean Education for Employment (C-EFE) program between St. Lawrence College (SLC) in Kingston, Ontario, and the National Tool and Engineering Institute (NTEI), in Kingston, Jamaica developed a Renewable Energy and Efficiency Technician (REET) program that will provide the island with qualified technicians to design and implement renewable energy alternatives for the future.

As part of the project, the Jamaica National Children’s Home was outfitted with a 16 kilowatt grid-tied solar energy solution for their energy needs.  The Children’s Home project was designed and implemented by faculty and students from both SLC and NTEI.  Panels and equipment were donated by Canadian RE companies and dedicated individuals.

NTEI was anxious to start the REET program as soon as possible and, under the unique leadership of Shannon Claggett from SLC, the program began in January 2014, with 70 students – a few months after the initiation of the C-EFE start-up.  Under the technical guidance of Steve Lapp, SLC and the NTEI faculty over 50 students have graduated from various levels of the REET program.  A success for the future!

Read more about Energy Systems Engineering programs at SLC here.