School projects in India and the Philippines
School projects in India:
The electrification of four schools in the state of Maharashtra, India
Surrounding the solar power plant Maharashtra I, which is part of ThomasLloyd’s Solar Portfolio Indian Subcontinent, are the four villages Bhopa, Chatgaon, Bodkha and Kothimbir Wadi.
Each of these villages has a public primary school, which are attended by a total of 414 pupils (204 girls and 210 boys) up to the age of 14. To date these schools have been cut off from reliable, external power supplies. The classrooms had no lighting and there were no ventilators, although temperatures often exceed 45 degrees. There was also a lack of sanitary facilities – when there even were any toilets, they were in a very run-down condition and no longer usable.
The following results were achieved:
- A total solar capacity of 13.1 kWh was installed on the roofs of the schools, and the necessary equipment, such as batteries for storing electricity, was purchased and installed.
- In addition, a total of 25 ventilators and 34 lights were fitted in the classrooms.
- Run-down sanitary facilities were also refurbished and new bathrooms built.
The four projects were handed over to the schools in February 2020 as part of an inaugural ceremony attended by representatives of the regional and municipal administration, as well as a large delegation from ThomasLloyd.
Thanks to the commitment of the ThomasLloyd Foundation, education in the four municipalities has now been lifted to a new, much higher level. Electronic devices such as laptops and projectors enable the transmission of global knowledge, lighting lets people read even when there is no daylight, and ventilators create tolerable conditions for learning even in a heatwave. Better hygienic conditions also help to keep people healthy and prevent diseases.
School project on the Philippines:
Camaniangan Elementary School, Philippines
This primary school is situated in the highlands close to the solar power plant SaCaSol and the biomass power plant San Carlos BioPower that ThomasLloyd has built in the Philippines. The school had no electricity supply before and teaching without light was particularly difficult on cloudy and dark days during the rainy period. A decentralised solar system was planned to bring it dependable power in an environmentally friendly way.
ThomasLloyd began implementing the project by organising a donation of solar modules from Conergy, the supplier of the modules for ThomasLloyd’s nearby solar power plants. As the project progressed, ThomasLloyd provided all the other construction material and technical components, the engineering know-how and the necessary labour. After just a few months it was officially inaugurated by the mayor, the vice-governor and high-ranking representatives of the education ministry.
The new electricity supply enables the school to make use of modern teaching equipment. Teachers apply the pedagogical benefits of computers in lessons, big batteries give pupils the opportunity to charge specially provided lamps or mobile phones during class time and take the fully charged devices home with them when school has finished for the day. The villagers are willing to pay a small contribution for the service, which is used to maintain the new technical equipment.