Expo highlights green energy

September 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability is “pulling the plug on wasteful energy.”

Volunteers for the sustainability center as well as several local businesses and government agencies came together at the Micronesia Mall yesterday to showcase the world of renewable and alternative energy.

The Green Energy Career Expo was to show young people the opportunities the new energy industry will bring.

“Careers are out there,” said Kiko Palacios, an energy technician at CIS.

Palacios said when he does outreach to students, they aren’t aware about the growing industry and the challenges the island faces. Common career choices for young people don’t often enough include the environment, he said.

The career expo was combined with UOG’s 60th Anniversary Showcase, which allowed middle school and high school students to scope out the university’s various programs.

Kas Kim, a representative for Pacific Green Energy, said the renewable and alternative energy industry on Guam is growing. Overseas companies have shown interest in the market, he said.

The local company does energy audits, as well as installs solar panels, wind turbines and energy efficient lights.

“There are a lot of career opportunities for students,” he said.

He recommended students be well versed in math, electrical engineering and physics.

Philip Hagen, who does sales at Pacific Solar and Photovoltaics, said there’s also a need for people who can sell and install products.

Joey Cono, a 22-year-old student at UOG, said he wants to get into agriculture, which is connected to sustainability.

Innovations in energy are creating “a stepping stone for us to be able to provide for ourselves,” he said.

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