UNC Geography’s Rebecca Chaisson and recent graduate James Ellsmoor are on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia this week promoting the use of solar energy. The project is part of an initiative by the nonprofit Solar Head of State, and is designed to raise awareness of the importance of renewable energy through prominent installations on government buildings. In Saint Lucia, the installation is taking place on Government House, the official residence of the Governor-General, and is designed to mark the nation’s goal to reach 35% renewable energy by 2020.

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Features in local news:
1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4TMHU48Twk
2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4t-siii1sw
3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD1BhpkE-ig

Blogs online:

https://350.org/a-rooftop-revolution-rising-in-the-caribbean/

The Government House of St. Lucia, built in 1894, is now outfitted with a 5.4kw photovoltaic system to power daily operations.
The Government House of St. Lucia, built in 1894, is now outfitted with a 5.4kw photovoltaic system to power daily operations.

 

 

James Ellsmoor, Director of Solar Head of State and UNC Geography alumnus, shares installation details with a St. Lucian news crew.
James Ellsmoor, Director of Solar Head of State and UNC Geography alumnus, shares installation details with a St. Lucian news crew.

 

 

Man on the roof: Rafique Bruno works to beat the rain as panels go onto the roof of Government House, Solar Head of State's premier installation and the residence of St. Lucia's Governor-General.
Man on the roof: Rafique Bruno works to beat the rain as panels go onto the roof of Government House, Solar Head of State’s premier installation and the residence of St. Lucia’s Governor-General.
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