School powers up

2016-11-22 06:00
 The German International School Cape Town has launched a solar energy plant.

The German International School Cape Town has launched a solar energy plant.

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The German International School Cape Town has launched a solar energy plant, which will allow the school to supply its own energy and feed excess power to the electricity grid.

The plant was officially launched by Wolfgang Tiefensee, minister for economic affairs, science and digital agenda from the state of Thuringia in Germany, at the school’s Tamboerskloof campus.

Principal Alexander Kirmse says: “On most days, we supply the entire school with energy from the sun and still feed excess energy into the grid of the City of Cape Town. This plant teaches our learners the value of sustainable energy, generated by green technology and being conscious of environmental challenges, which is all part of the ‘going green’ campaign at our school.”

The installation of the plant was a large-scale project in cooperation with three German companies – SolarWorld, SMA and Schletter – as well as financial help from the German government.

The school now boasts 440 modules on its roof, which generate enough energy to cover the school’s normal energy consumption completely.

Headboy Azande Centane says: “I am very proud to go to a school which actively contributes to the reduction of its environmental impact, alleviating the problem of energy provision in South Africa.”

The German school – a bilingual school – has existed for over 130 years and currently teaches over 800 learners from more than 25 nationalities.

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