Solar seekers save power
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.
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.