Getting accepted for the blue economy internship at Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) was very exciting. My initial thought after seeing the commission logo lead me to believe that it is everything to do with Renewable Energy(RE).To my surprise, just after my very first day, I saw that it was all of that and so much more!
Before I continue on the amazing details allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kelsy Gill and im currently going on my 2nd year of A level studies.
After months of waiting the day finally came. I was excited but felt shy at the same time. Due to the fact that I was welcomed by such friendly coworkers my fear sort of magically disappeared.
My very first task was to find information about SEC itself and all it entails. I made so many discoveries and this changed my original thought of SEC, there is definitely more to the story!
In the form of a small presentation conducted by myself, I explained to Mr. Imaduwa, the CEO what I had gathered. Despite feeling unprepared and scared initially, after having started everything went quite smoothly. My findings include subjects ranging from history of SEC to programmes initiated to implement use of RE. During the presentation I also had the opportunity to gain clarifications and further information on the relevant topics.
Throughout my entire research my preferred topic was Energy conservation and Energy Efficiency (EE). EE is “using less energy to do same work”.
Many potential fixes are already in motion in effort to promote and implement the use of renewable energy. SEC therefore works in partnership with numerous other stakeholders such as Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) and Ministry of Environment. The Seychelles Energy-Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programme (SEEREP) is one among three presently in place.
We are all aware that initial cost of purchasing Energy Efficient (energy star) appliances such as solar panels are considerably high. However with programmes such as this one it is much easier and affordable to us due to loans provided. On top of that the interest is at a low 5% rate! The benefits for the applicant are endless ranging from saving money by reducing utility bills to increased eco-friendly quality of life. So BE GREEN and get your applications today!
On the other hand Energy Conservation is the first step to reducing your energy consumption. Basically it is all about taking action, by reducing the use of an appliance in an attempt to save energy, on a daily basis.
I’m positive that at some point you’ve heard talk about turning of the lights when you leave a room. Here I am urging you once more today. Furthermore to avoid leaving gadgets on standby (when they’re off, but not unplugged…YES it does, still use energy).We should all start making small changes that mean big differences. Every single effort will without an absolute doubt count! If YOU do it…if I do it...If WE all do it we can definitely “heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race”
Stay tuned for more soon!