Solar panel ribbon cutting ceremony at the U.S. Consulate
WILLEMSTAD – The United States Consulate continues to show its interest in sustainable energy. Yesterday marked an important day when the U.S. Consul General Mrs. Margareth Hawthorne, together with the Under Secretary of State for Management, Mr. Patrick F. Kennedy and the Curaçao Minister of Education, Culture, and Science, Mrs. Irene Dick inaugurated the use of the new solar panel system for the consulate.
The solar panel array will enable the Consulate General here in Curaçao to become the first net-zero U.S. diplomatic facility in the U.S. missions worldwide. According to the Consul General, it is particularly notable that this new facility is located here in Curaçao, as the threat of climate change requires “us to work even closer together as a global community, and to attempt to mitigate the impact of climate change on the vulnerable communities around the world.”
The solar panel array is designed to provide 130 kilowatts of power; enough to run all of the consulate operations. The Consul also indicated that she hopes to be able to work out an arrangement to enable the Consulate to return unused power to the grid and to draw a comparable amount from the grid when they need it.