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shari-anne gregoireWhen Slic was first established in 2005, the board had a hope of installing demonstartion renewwable energy units in schools around Dominica, believing that if we can have models in the schools, everyone in the community will see renewable energy in action, and have the opportunity to learn about it .

We wrote up a project to The UNDP - United Nations devlopment Programme and are now using the almost US$ 50,000 grant implementing the programme.


GEF Small Grants Programme Concept Paper


I. Description The principal purpose of the Sustainable Living Initiative Centre (SLIC) organization is to educate Dominicans as to the value of a sustainable lifestyle and to offer practical training in specific practices designed to reduce climate change and pollution of the environment. Since 2005 SLIC has conducted regular workshops and has successfully installed hydro, wind and solar energy generation equipment and adapted diesel engines to run on vegetable oil. We have also taught general organic vegetable farming and eco friendly living practices.

II. What is the goal of the project? The Goal of the project is to educate the population regarding the potential of alternative energy installations in order to reduce the dependence on diesel power for electricity.

III. What will the project accomplish? Primary school children, parents and teachers and SLIC members in the environs of the Trois Piton World Heritage Site will be introduced to the potentials of alternative energy power generation. Energy consumption from diesel powered generation will be reduced and hence the potential climate damage reduced. Primary schools’ budgets will be reduced significantly in the area of energy costs and hence more resources will be available for other education costs.

IV. Why is this important? Dependence on fossil fuels and consequent carbon emissions causing climate change in Dominica is a problem. The vast majority of the electricity produced in Dominica is from diesel. Very few Dominicans know about alternative forms of energy generation such as wind, solar or hydro power. There is a pervasive myth that alternative energy installations are expensive and inefficient. The Government has recently made legislative changes to allow the production if electricity for domestic consumption and this initiative will introduce the various possibilities whilst also being perceived by the community as a poverty alleviating initiative.

V What are the main activities that the project will involve? How will they be carried out? Solar, Hydro and Wind energy generating equipment will be installed at various primary schools in villages surrounding the Trois Piton World Heritage Site and together with the Alternative Energy installations at Rosalie these will provide the context for SLIC members,children, parents, teachers and villagers to learn of the viability of such installations and will understand first hand how such equipment can contribute to a sustainable lifestyle. Members of SLIC will install the equipment as part of a training workshop. A Maintenance Supervisor will be selected by each Primary School, this person could be a teacher, parent or village council member. This Supervisor will be responsible for the maintenance of the system, monitoring and recording the energy consumption in order to report back at monthly meetings at Rosalie.. The following venues for installations are planned: Belles - Hydro Laudat – Wind Turbine Grand Fond – Wind Turbine Morne Prosper – Wind Turbine Mahaut River (Carib Territory) – Solar System The installations will require two site meetings prior to the Workshop. Each workshop will last two days, the first day will be mostly theoretical and the second day mostly practical. Members of SLIC pay $20 to take part. Non-members pay $50. Nominated persons from the sites will be trained free. Each site will provide an individual Maintenance Supervisor who will be responsible for maintaining the equipment and recording the energy consumption they will be required to maintain the equipment and attend monthly meetings at the Sustainable Living Initiative Centre. They will need to have their transportation and subsistence costs reimbursed and receive some monetary incentive. The equipment will initially belong to SLIC and become the property of the school only after two years if it is utilized correctly. If it is not used it will be removed and placed in another venue where it will be utilized. A SLIC representative will visit each site 6 monthly to review the use and inspect the electricity bills to measure consumption and savings.

V. How will you ensure that affected communities and other stakeholders participate fully in the project? The communities that will benefit from the project must participate fully in order for it to be a success. Unless the equipment has daily maintenance it cannot be effective. The most crucial factor of this whole concept is the identification and engaging of a local key person in each site.

We have used the following strategies to engage such individuals.

• Discussions with experienced environmentalists and the School Principals in order to identify individuals as Maintenance Supervisors who have consistently shown an interest in alternative energy. Discussions with the Chief Education Officer to identify individuals known to him who have the time and capacity to undertake the task of on site supervision and have appropriate support from their principals.

• In order to ensure that the maintenance and daily recording of energy consumption takes place it is proposed that the Maintenance supervisor be paid $100 a month . For this they are expected to commit at least half an hour a day to the project seven days a week.

• Provision of a reimbursed costs to ensure that those individuals who are often women or individuals from the Indigenous Carib Population who do not have sufficient financial resources can make the trip to the support meetings. Meetings are often poorly attended because of the cost of transportation and the possible loss of income through missing work.

• The training is all community based at the installation sites and individuals from the village councils and other community based groups will be invited to take part.

• The Support meetings will be the forum for obtaining feedback on a monthly basis. They will precede the monthly Board Meetings which already take place monthly. Individuals will compare energy savings and get advice regarding any difficulties they may be experiencing.


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