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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:54

 

WILLEMSTAD — There was much interest last Saturday for the theme solar energy. Approximately 300 people visited the demonstration day of Dutch Durables and received information on the various solar energy systems.Other participants were the government, the implementing organization Public Works, utility company Aqualectra, Bureau Telecommunication Post, and the Orcobank. Besides demonstrations of various systems and solar panels for different types of roofs, there were numerous creative applications, such as energy-generating carports and solar energy operating swimming pool pumps. The visitors were also given an explanation of the policy on Curaçao as regards solar energy, the required investments, the purchase, the installation and operation of the systems.

 

Dutch Durables: “The Orcobank participated with the demonstration day because it realizes the advantages of sustainable energy solutions. People can easily find financing for such investments. They can affect a second mortgage for such investment because it increases the value of the house. Someone buying a house equipped with solar panels will save a considerable amount in the coming twenty years and the value of the house increases. The investment will pay for itself.”

According to the company, the most frequently asked questions are: What is solar energy and how does it work? Which permits are needed on the island? How much does this system cost? Are the solar panels resistant to the corrosive climate of Curaçao? Can I really save 100 percent on my electricity bill? Based on their bill from Aqualectra visitors were able to obtain advice on how to save 100 percent on their electricity bill.