Several Western Cape Department of Education schools will be supplied with solar power from a renowned global solar micro-leasing marketplace, Sun Exchange.
The first school that will be supplied with solar power is Protea Heights Academy located in Brackenfell.
Beverley Schäfer, Minister of Economic Opportunities for the Western Cape, says that the use of solar power is a good step towards sustainability in schools in the province.
“The province is committed to growing our green economy, and to transitioning our province, including our schools, away from coal-based, decentralised electricity generation. By investing in technologies that build our resilience as a province, we are future-proofing our schools against rising energy prices.”
The Sun Exchange, enables schools and businesses to have solar power installed without paying any upfront or ongoing operational costs.
Schools therefore save money and are cushioned from potential Eskom tariff hikes.
The company allows people to own and lease solar cells, earning an income and helping organisations or schools to gain access to clean and affordable energy.