HERALD WEEKLY ISSUE 570:29 June 2011

A bright future in solar

Tino is currently doing a course in Solar Energy Technology and Application at the Solar Energy Centre in Gurgaon. It is a fully-funded course by the Government of India. Approximately, 25 participants (including, one woman) from all around the world are attending the course which Tino says is technically-intense and at times quite challenging especially for the English as a second language speakers. Otherwise, he is enjoying it and is already trying out some of his newfound knowledge by creating scenarios and solutions for them.
He says that they are taught by various professors who are extremely knowledgeable in the field of solar, so he is asking as many questions as he can think of to ensure he maximises his time there.
He says that they were shown India’s Energy Roadmap and that it is quite different to the direction the Cook Islands is taking.
Ironically, while Tino is studying solar technology and India has many professors knowledgeable in this field, the power in his hotel room cuts out quite frequently obviously indicating the supply does not meet the demand. India only has 60% penetration of electricity.
Tino is now looking forward to some serious field visits towards the end of this week where he will be able to see the various types of solar systems in practical applications.
He had initially thought that the visit to the Taj Mahal was a solar technology field trip only to discover it was a holiday. He added though that he was impressed with the “green tourism” initiatives associated with the Taj Mahal such as having to leave their vehicles some distance out and catch electric transportation. As well as, having to remove your shoes at the door just like in “Slumdog Millionaire” - he says that they were given shoe covers so didn’t have to risk losing their shoes among the thousands piled outside.

Herald Issue 554 09 March
- Norm exposes Trio of Doom
- Briefs from PM’s media conference Tuesday
- Tourism Industry ponders $5 million draft strategy
- Norman George resigns from Cook Islands Party
- Letter of Resignation from CIP
- Norman selfish says Prime Minister

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