Franz deFreitas is pleased with the results of his first solar-technician course, which he organized to assist young people in the constituency of St. John’s City South.
From a field of 13 to 15 people who started the programme, six youth have successfully completed the three-month introductory course, deFreitas reports.
He notes that the youngest student was 12 years of age, and that persons up to the age of 55 years had registered. A mother-and-son team, as well as a father-and-son pair, also participated in the training course.
DeFreitas, the United Progressive Party’s Candidate for City South, explains how the idea came about:
He says participants were involved mostly in hands-on skills, in addition to some theory work, and he gives high praise to facilitator/trainer Alex Spencer who, he says, did an exceptional job with the young people.
The programme ended last Saturday, August 27, with the class visiting a number of locations to observe what full solar-panel installations look like.
DeFreitas says that Antigua and Barbuda is well advanced with persons who are doing great work in this field, and this will bring about change in delivering electricity at a more reasonable cost.
A second edition of the course is slated for the end of the year, the UPP candidate says.