Twenty-five youths chosen from various universities and institutions in the country completed a three-week training in solar energy at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) in Somalia Drive, outside Monrovia on Saturday, April 5.
The training was conducted by Dr. Richard Komp, an American scientist, and supported by a group of diaspora Liberians.
It was intended to impart knowledge of solar energy in the lives of Liberian youths so they can put it into practice in future business enterprises.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Observer at the close of training, Dr. Komp said the training was significant in addressing the problem of global warming and how to minimize the high cost of electricity for poor countries like Liberia.
According to him, “Solar panel energy is not just reliable for the environment, but also cheaper. It enables people to save money. Liberia— like other developing countries— needs this energy to move its economy forward; especially for the average citizens.”
“We taught the students how to produce cell phone chargers from a special design with Chinese lamps as the charging source, and how to make a module designed to produce 250 watts current for homes,” he disclosed.
According to him, the trainees will have the opportunity to interact with more clients, which would enable them to make money.
“I see a great market for the use of solar panels in Liberia considering the various solar energy products the students have learnt to produce,” he said.
Claudius B. Paye is the project director of the Sustainable Development Project for Liberia (SDPL).
He said that their intention is to establish a solar energy company in the country to produce a sufficient amount of products for the public’s use.
“The aim of this training is to introduce, for the first time, a solar panel company that would train Liberians to enter the business. We believe this is going to be a great help to our country when it comes to employment opportunities,” he said.
He disclosed that the trainees are expected to be deployed in the fifteen counties to introduce the use of solar energy products to rural people.
“Our goal is to provide solar energy produced electricity to all parts of Liberia at a reasonable price,” he added.
He said the initiative is being supported by the Green Neighbor Education Committee in Boston, U.S.A.
The SDPL director has underscored the need for additional support from humanitarian organization to strengthen their capacities.
For his part, the coordinator of the project (SDPL), Momo Stevens, stated that they have decided to take on the task of helping to rebuild Liberia.
He said they will work harder to ensure that the dream of their organization becomes realize in the country.
Patience Roberts, a trainee, said the opportunity to learn more about solar energy would help reduce poverty in the lives of youths who have interest in making it a career.
“I truly appreciate a job that is going to help build my technical skills,” she said.