NEW ZEALAND SOLAR SCHOOLS
NEW ZEALAND SOLAR SCHOOLS
As over 35-year veterans in solar and power solutions, including over 70 Schools in New Zealand and South East Asia (more than any other company in New Zealand), Power Technology are the stand out choice for solar power solutions.
Power Technology is also the only New Zealand solar company with a dedicated and international Solar Schools programme, that provides solar power and learning resources, delivered by professional educators.
Just one example of our capability was as leading solar implementation company to Genesis energy, under the Schoolgen project, whcih saw Power Technology complete more then 65 Schools for Genesis.
Taking our standout experience in solar and applying what has been learned throughout over a decade of working in schools, Power Technology have developed a dedicated and proprietary New Zealand Solar Schools programme.
The first step is getting Solar power, installed on the roof of the school - This provides clean, locally generated and low-cost solar energy to the school and ensures long term operating costs reductions.
The data for the solar power generation and the school’s own power consumption is then sent to a dedicated website for viewing, access and use by the students, who can apply the information and resources in many areas of inquiry-based STEM learning. In addition to this the ‘near real time’ data is used by the schools environmental and energy ambassadors to teach and encourage sustainable energy use habits, ‘curb’ unnecessary consumption and show the positive results to the students. All of which is arranged within the programme.
Another unique piece of the New Zealand Solar Schools programme is in the education and resources - Maggie Twaddle, the programme manager is an ex Principal, teacher and (passionate) professional educator. Maggie has worked with students specifically with solar in schools, for over 12 years and brings the programme together inline with the required curriculum and outcomes required in New Zealand Schools. There really is nothing else like it!
Of course, the company has addressed the concerns of upfront investment for schools that wish to engage in the programme and enjoy the long-term benefits of solar.
There are several options for the purchase of the programme and the solar power provided, including:
- Outright Purchase - The best option for your school in the long term
- Finance - Includes dedicated Schools lending arrangements
- Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) options - Allowing schools to buy the power generated by solar for a fixed price, long term
Operations & maintenance is also available, so its now easier than ever for any school to go solar.
From years 1 to 13 and beyond there are applications for the programme and resources.
The New Zealand Solar Schools programme is gaining traction in schools near you. There has never been a better time to bring the many benefits of solar and energy efficiency education to your school. Backed by over a decade in schools and more than 35 years you are sure to enjoy it as much as your students will!
Get in touch today to start your New Zealand Solar Schools journey!
Did you know that the Ministry of Education has stated that only Sustainable Energy Association of New Zealand members (SEANZ) can install solar power and related technology in schools?
This is simply to ensure all our schools can have a positive benefit from solar power. Power Technology are long standing SEANZ members and supporters, and regularly undertake Government contracts so you can be assured of the quality, adherence to standards, Health & Safety practices and industry best practice applied by the company and its staff.
The aim of Schoolgen is to teach children how solar energy works in a fun and exciting way that will foster the imagination of our future leaders and decision makers. A lead supplier to the project, Power Technology has installed 44 solar power systems throughout New Zealand, with more installations planned.
A powerful learning opportunity
As part of the solar panel installation, each school’s system was connected to the internet, with data from the inverter streamed to the Schoolgen website. From this site students can see the output from their school’s solar power system and compare it with other schools in the project.
A budget conscious solution
To make the solar programme more cost effective, installations were undertaken at up to nine schools at a time. This allowed the logistics included the project – for example, design, consent, purchase, freighting and installation of all of the solar power systems – to be completed efficiently to meet both budget and deadline.
In addition to giving Power Technology the lion’s share of installations required for this initiative, Genesis Energy has also entrusted Power Technology with the Service Maintenance Contract for the project.