- Consolidates its commitment to education and capacity building.
- Involved in establishing renewable energy concepts in 5 technical schools.
Mainstream Renewable Power, the global renewable energy developer, as part of its commitment to social, responsible and sustainable business practices, took part in the official opening of the Laboratories of Renewable Energy implemented in both Tomé and Federico Schwager technical Schools for students studying electricity.
In 2013, Mainstream partnered with the Educational Corporation of the Chamber of Production and Commerce of Concepción (CPCC) that incorporates 5 technical schools. The purpose of the partnership was to assist in the integration of renewable energy into electricity and electronic studies.
Following on from the signing of the agreement in 2013, Mainstream has provided advice and guidance for the project, “Use of Technologies for Non-conventional Renewable Energy”; which led to the incorporation of renewable energy concepts in all subjects of the 5 technical schools.
As a result of the partnership, Mainstream, the CPCC and the 2 technical schools; Tomé and Schwager also developed renewable energy laboratories for students to learn first-hand about renewable energy.
On July 28 and 29, ceremonies were held in the Tomé and Schwager technical schools attended by students, teachers and parents. In addition, a forum consisting of experts from the Ministry of Energy represented by the Regional Ministerial Secretary, a presenter from a small scale and household solar project company and Iván Marquez, Mainstream´s senior electric engineer, delivered talks on solar and wind energy as well as energy policies.
After the ceremonies, the students performed demonstrations at the various workstations in the laboratories equipped with automatic transfer switches, solar panel tracking systems, safety equipment and measuring instruments necessary for a complete learning experience.
Alejandra Alvarez, Corporate Affairs Manager of Mainstream Renewable Power Chile said: “Delivering educational tools based on our energy expertise is an important part of our social commitment to each of the communities with which we interact. This allows us to build long-term relationships and promote initiatives that seek to contribute to economic and social development of each locality, and builds local capacities to continue to develop this new and innovative industry in Chile. ”
Local and national authorities attending the ceremony agreed that the main highlight of this initiative is innovation, emphasising the relevance of strengthening technical training, considering the real possibilities of employment for future graduates.