So­lar seek­ers save power

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The so­lar pan­els can’t be seen eas­ily, but the Rangikura School pupils know their worth.

The pan­els were put up on the school hall’s roof in Jan­uary.

Teacher Re­becca Sel­lars said the project was pupil- driven, be­cause so­lar en­ergy and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency was part of the science cur­ricu­lum.

‘‘ Hav­ing the pan­els put in means the kids can see re­sults of mak­ing de­ci­sions like this in a real-life con­text,’’ she said.

The power gen­er­ated goes back into the na­tional grid but the school could earn some sav­ings on its power bill as well, Sel­lars said.

Sarah Dow, Porirua’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on Hutt Mana Char­i­ta­ble Trust, which granted $8000 to­wards the so­lar pan­els, said she would love for them to be in­stalled in other schools.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Sav­ing power: Rangikura School pupils, from left, Pa­trick Whakaneke-Kaa, Juelz Toimata, Jaydn Lafaele, Lyrell Joe, Cyrus Wiese and Dy­lan Wes­ley know the benefits of so­lar power.

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