zKioa Island Primary School

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Location: North Eastern Fijian Islands

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Kioa Island Primary School has five teachers providing classes for 106 students from kindergarten to year 8. After year 8 the students either finish school or they board on the larger island of Taveuni to continue their education.

The school’s highly valued electrical equipment includes three computers, one printer, a photocopier, PA system and laminator. There was previously limited daytime power to the school supplied by a small old generator or another larger one that is awaiting repair. The school has night power supplied by the village generator that runs for three to four hours in the evenings. Therefore power storage need (batteries) is less than is other schools who need power for night study.

The school now has a 1400W solar system (8 Silex panels, 6 Powerstack batteries, 2 SMA inverters supported by high wind resistant Clenergy mounting systems). That exceeds the schools current needs and will cater well for significant growth in the school’s power demand.

We predict that their new solar system will deliver a fuel saving that increases teaching resources by approximately 20%. It will also result in a carbon dioxide saving in the order of 60 tonnes over the life of the system.

The school is committed to learning about renewable energy and energy efficiency. The systems provide a hands-on opportunity to do this.

A laptop, camera and internet access were provided to help students share their learning experiences with overseas schools. Also, a data projector so the computing and internet experience can be shared by a whole class. The projector will also be used to show movies once a week for villagers and create an additional small cash flow for the school to pay for their internet usage. Thanks to the generous support of two Australian schools they have large supply of movies.

More info about Kioa: http://www.kioaisland.org/history.html