Several organisations have been embracing the notion of green energy which is derived from natural sources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, plants, algae and geothermal heat. These energy resources are renewable and that can be naturally replenished.
Texila American University, a growing Medical School in the Caribbean with its best campus in Guyana is among the local entities that have started to embrace the notion of green energy. This has been particularly event at the institution’s Providence building which is designed to be fully green-compliant.
This development has been substantiated by the University’s Vice President of International Operations, Mr. Ashok Kumar.
“one of the ideas was to ensure that the building is as [green] energy efficient as possible. This included considering the key areas of natural light which directly impacts on the energy used in the building. We had experts who designed it in a way so that we can get [natural] light all the time.”
According to Kumar too, this design has even been incorporated into the air conditioning system that has been set up in its 100,000-square foot building, designed to cater to at least 1,000 students.
“If you look at the air conditioning system which we have implemented, it is a recent and modern technology which has some initial [high] investment but gives a lot of returns in the long run.”
But Kumar noted that despite all the energy-driven measures, the institution has plans to put in place a solar panel system. This is because “we have also designed it [the building] to run with solar…right now we have the design for solar energy, but we have not implemented it yet.”
“Other things we are looking at before we implement this, is how we can get the system where we can give back the excess amount of electricity to the grid. What experts have advised us is that when we are looking at an amount that we can power the entire building [with], obviously, we will have an excess which should be given to the grid,” Kumar explained.
He continued by pointing out that “the generation of these other sources will not be able to absorb all the excess load, so we will be looking forward very soon to do this…and government is also coming up with new regulations with respect to solar, so we are looking to see how quickly we can go completely solar,” Kumar added.