Twenty schools in Fiji with new solar systems installed are passing the benefits of free, clean electricity on to students of the Pacific Islands nation.
Power supply is limited in Fiji and the rollout of solar energy is expected to continue to 250 more schools in the future.
Last year, three new projects totaling 11.3kW were installed in Rabi, Tabiang and Ucunivatu primary schools with the support of global renewable energy company Clenergy, among others.
This year substantial progress has been made at Ratu Meli Primary and Yasawa North High Schools.
The generating systems installed in the schools enable non-stop delivery of power, day and night, leading to less dependence on fuel generators and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, whilst also allowing for the contribution of more resources to the educational sector.
Various actions have been taken by the schools in return, such as a commitment to the collection of daily battery charge data, monthly collections of plastics along remote beaches and participation in educational activities related to renewable energy.
Clenergy has been supporting the Its Time Foundation as a premium equipment sponsor since 2010 by donating solar power generating systems to island schools. Clenergy provides high-quality PV-ezRack solar mounting systems designed for wind-resistance, anti-corrosion and long service life.
The Its Time Foundation was founded by Rob Edwards in 2007. It works to provide renewable power solutions for remote island schools in the Pacific, where there is a shortage of electricity supply or heavy dependence on diesel generators.