The Ricaldone Technical Institute in San Salvador expands the photovoltaic plant to renewable energies

Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Cooperation of Germany BMZ, the Salesian Divine Saviour Province of Central America (CAM) and Don Bosco Mondo, together with the commitment of the Ricaldone Technical Institute, El Salvador, the photovoltaic energy production system with grid supply has been expanded. This system, consisting of over 400 panels, installed in the central building of the classrooms, will capture sunlight to convert it into electricity. The system will also have a 7 kilowatt peak solar system that will function as a practical module for the training process of future technicians. This training, which will be provided at the Ricaldone Vocational Training Centre, will include Professional Technical courses in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, whose training course is expected to start from the 2026 school year. With this renewable energy system, the Ricaldone Technical Institute reduces its environmental impact by 275 tons of CO2, and plans to reduce electricity costs by 45%, funds that will be allocated for the technical training of low-income students in the scholarship program. CAM Provincial, Fr Julio Navarro, SDB, congratulated the institution for carrying out this project.

Text and photographs by: Moisés Crisóstomo