Earlier this week the Sun Exchange announced that it would be a partner in providing solar power for several schools in the Western Cape, with the aim of enabling them to have solar power installed with no upfront or ongoing operational costs.
According to Engineering News, Protea Heights Academy in Cape Town will be the first to benefit from this project, with it also providing an opportunity for the school to own and lease solar cells.
“Not only does this help schools save money in the short-term, it also provides schools with some immunity against future electricity tariff hikes from state-owned power utility Eskom,” said Sun Exchange founder and CEO, Abraham Cambridge.
The publication added that the Protea Heights project will be the eighth Sun Exchange solar project in South Africa. The previous seven project have already been successfully deployed and are generating affordable clean power for organisations across the country.
Cambridge adds that anyone can purchase solar cells, which are then installed on the roof of schools and other buildings in developing regions. Solar cell owners earn an income from the electricity generated while schools gain access to affordable clean energy for years to come.
“With our focus on technology and innovation, it’s a natural progression to transition the school away from fossil fuels. This project supports the schools goal to produce global citizens who embrace the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, having the world come to our school, through investment is a massive achievement,” added Protea Heights Academy principal, Wendy Horn.