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San Carlos High School receives upgraded solar system Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 September 2017 00:00

For the past 10 years, the San Carlos High School has been operating with a single generator that was donated to them by Defiance College in the United States of America. This meant that the school had to come up with funds to fuel and maintain the generator. This also meant that carbon dioxide emission was always something the residents in the surrounding area had to bear with.

Quite recently, most of these problems have been solved or at least made a little more bearable. The high school has been the recipient of a solar panel that will now enable the school to have 24-hour power. The investment, valued at $30,000, will benefit the school as well as the larger community. The new system generates power to the main building of the high school which holds 8 rooms. Funding for the San Carlos Solar System was sought from Belize Natural Energy as well as the New Zealand Embassy with collaboration from the Programme for Belize, manager and owner of the Rio Hondo Reserve in Orange Walk.

The reserve, over 254,000 acres, is home to diverse flora and fauna and boasts in its ecological and geological canvases. The area is controlled and consists of La Milpa in the north as well as Hill bank in the south. In site, there are trails, restaurants, and lodging that caters to both tourists and locals. The work being done by ecologists and rangers on the site has gained international support from the New Zealand Embassy and the Massachusetts Audubon Society but still struggles to have support from local stakeholders. As incentive, there are attractive rates for locals and students to visit the site for an overnight with 3 meals, lodging, and tours included for as low as $70.