SOLAR WORKFORCE PROGRAMME FOR LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES IN ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
SOLAR WORKFORCE PROGRAMME FOR LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES IN ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
The energy sector within St. Kitts and Nevis currently faces several problems including an unsustainably high dependence on imported fossil fuels, high electricity tariffs, workforce skills and capacity gaps and migration of skilled labour. Additionally, while the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis is performing well, there are still many low-income and indigent communities that require urgent and immediate assistance to improve their quality.
In order to solve some of the islands’ most pressing energy woes, the National Energy Policy of St. Kitts and Nevis seeks to diversify energy supply on the islands through the increased use of renewable energy. Solar energy is one of the forms of renewable energy that is widely available on the islands that can be harnessed relatively easily and that is cost-competitive in comparison with other forms of energy.
In order to effectively diversify energy supply and promote sustainable energy development in St. Kitts and Nevis, workforce development will be one of the critical actions that will need to be completed. It is imperative that the workforce is empowered, qualified and certified to support the sustainable energy vision of the government. However, St. Kitts and Nevis currently lacks the requisite high-skilled workforce needed to transform its energy landscape from one that is dependent on fossil fuels to one that is diversified and that has a significant renewable energy share.
The NABCEP training and certification programme is being proposed to address problems relating to capacity gaps within the energy sector and limited livelihood opportunities for residents of low income communities within the island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Green Solutions International SKN Inc
Country:
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Area Of Work:
CapDev
Grant Amount:
US$ 25,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 20,000.00
Project Number:
STK/SGP/OP6/Y2/CORE/17/05
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
As part of its thrust to ensure community participation and gender equality, GSI will work with local government and non-government groups to select participants from 2-3 low income communities within St. Kitts and Nevis that will benefit from the NABCEP training and certification programme. GSI will ensure that adequate representation of females (near 1:1 female: male ratio) is within the participant group. In the final analysis as per the final report, the ratio of men and women was not achieved. More than 99% of the participants were male; there were 39 males and 2 females. It was felt that the content of the certification course was more skewed to jobs that men would be more likely to undertake
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Social media; meetings and radio and tv interviews

Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator
 

Address

Fern Street, Bird Rock
Basseterre ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Ilis Watts
Email:

Address

Conaree Village, Conaree, St. Kitts (temporary)