Learners exposed to sun power

2017-04-11 06:03

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About 40 learners from 10 schools in the southern suburbs got exposure to a sun-based energy project the past seven weeks.

These learners participated in the first phase of a project by a local organisation, playing with solar power at Rhodes High School in Mowbray.

Project 90 by 2030 is a Kenilworth-based non-profit organisation that focuses on changing how South Africans use resources as energy and contribute to a low-carbon society.

During the programme learners built solar light boxes that will be installed in the suburbs of their choice.

The installation of the light boxes will form the second phase of the NGO’s programme and the participants will be equipped with the skills to install the light boxes.

One participant, Kea Mukasa of Springfield Convent High School, says: “The project as a whole has sparked an interest in me to potentially embark on engineering as I thoroughly enjoyed making the light boxes. The presentations have opened my eyes to the potential that Africa has to harvest its abundance of solar energy to power the continent and thus further develop Africa.”

He says the seven-week solar programme was made a success through the collaboration of Project 90 by 2030 and Stefano Semprini of Solarus Sunpower.

The participants worked in mixed teams of learners from different schools.

Daniel Robinson, youth leadership development coordinator of Project 90 by 2030, says: “It was incredible to see the change in the participants over the course of the project, to see friendships evolve and their increased appreciation and understanding of the need and benefits of renewable energy production in South Africa.”

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