South Taveuni High School

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Location: South Taveuni , Fiji
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187 students with 14 teachers providing classes from Year 9 to11. The school is moving toward a total enrolment of 300 in the coming years. There are 11 teachers’ quarters, one of which is a larger building housing several teachers that share central facilities in the building.

The school and teachers’ quarters were receiving power from the school generator from 7 pm to 10 pm daily. Daytime generator use is on a needs basis that is increasing as the school focuses on digital education.

We trailed the option of including the large adjacent primary school (300 students and additional teachers quarters). That configuration can cope with daytime demand, but with limited capacity for expanded load, It is not sufficient for the collective evening loads of the quarters and night study — the generator is required for those periods. We are assessing the situation with the long term objective of increasing system capacity to meet the collective needs of the two schools.

With the system currently supplying all the daytime power for the two schools and early evening power we estimate in excess of $6000 annual fuel saving. Because the system was installed close to the end of the school term it will not be until March 2016 that we can deliver a more confident response about performance and savings.

This 5500W system installed November 2015 includes: 22 x Yingli 250W panels, 1 x SMA SB5000TL grid Inverter, 1 x SMA SI5048 remote inverter, 12 x Aquion S20P batteries, 1 x Clenergy ground mounting system. Most tube lighting removed and replaced with LED globes.

Unfortunately the main set of photos of South Taveuni (on the day the project concluded) failed due to a corrupt SD card identified after leaving the site. A new set images including batteries, inverters and more kids will be gathered when we are next in the area.

The project was funded by the Fiji Water Foundation. The project was completed Nov. 2015.

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