Hampton Hill gets solar lift
Hampton Hill School has flicked the renewable energy switch.
The Tawa school of 150 pupils has had 16 solar panels installed as part of the Schoolgen programme run by Genesis Energy.
Principal Kelly Scott said the solar panels would save the school between $1500 and $2000 a year.
‘‘ The money we save is going straight back into the school,’’ she said.
Scott said that besides saving money, the process would teach the children a lot.
‘‘It helps the kids to see there are other forms of energy we can use,’’ she said.
Jackson Murdoch, 9, performed as an engineer in the opening ceremony last week.
‘‘We can save money and we don’t use as much power as we used to use,’’ he said.
Agusina Mavor, 7, had a simple reason for having the solar panels.
‘‘You can have more light,’’ she said.
The children were quick to point out using the panels would stop pollution and solar power was a renewable form of energy.
The 16 solar panels will produce four kilowatts of power a day.