U.S Consul General Margaret Hawthorne is very pleased with the addition of a solar panel system at the U.S. Consulate General on Curacao.
The addition will enable the consulate to become the first net-zero diplomatic post among U.S. missions worldwide. According to the consul general, it is particularly notable that this new facility is located on the island, as the threat of climate change “requires us to work even closer as a global community, and to attempt to mitigate the impact of climate change on the vulnerable communities around the world.”
The solar panel system is designed to provide 130 kilowatts of power; enough to run all of the consulate’s operations. Hawthorne also indicated that she hopes to be able to work out an arrangement to enable them to return unused power to the grid and take a comparable amount from the grid when they need it.