Businesswoman receives int’l recognition for energy project proposal

Proprietor of Spencer’s Apartments located in Hodges Bay, Ruth Spencer has been awarded the National Energy Globe Award: Antigua and Barbuda, by the Energy Globe project under the patronage of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and in cooperation with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Spencer said she is not only happy for the award, but she hopes news of the award will “highlight and demonstrate” the work that the nation has been doing to promote sustainable development.

The businesswoman said she thought of the project named “Solar Energy an Innovation for Development” — which will see the distribution of four solar panels to about 12 non-profit groups that applied — in 2013 after she received two grants for solar panels and lowered the cost of running her own business.

“The four panels, if set correctly, can generate enough power to run a small structure; just for lighting and the basics,” she said.

She told OBSERVER media that the organisations should see a “sizeable difference in their energy cost.”

The project is being funded by the Organisation of American States (OAS), who handed over $40,000, and the Environmental Division, which gave $10,000. Spencer said with the units now arriving, her team, which includes the Potters Seventh-day Adventist Youth Group, hopes to complete the project by year end.


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