In Their Words: Decarbonising Education and Inspiring Future Climate Leaders
In case you missed the great news this week, the ninth Sun Exchange solar project, a 73.26 kW system, made up of 15,984 solar cells to power Wynberg Boys High School (WBHS) in Cape Town, sold out, staggeringly, in just over 3 hours. That’s a project nearly twice the size of the previous project for Protea Heights Academy, and it sold out in half the time! One hundred and seventy five Sun Exchange members across 20 countries made this project happen, and they can now look forward to earning an estimated 11.49% IRR by leasing the solar cells they’ve purchased for 20 years. In which time, they will offset over 2000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Additionally, several Sun Exchange members who purchased solar cells for the WBHS project, opted into donating a portion of their earnings to the project’s nominated charity, The Supera Moras Trust, which grants bursaries for young men needing financial assistance to attend WBHS.
It inspires us to see the growing momentum of the Sun Exchange membership solar powering schools. To convey the true breadth of the impact of these projects, here’s some reflections directly from students and staff at Wynberg Boys High School on what going solar means for the school.
Sun Exchange has now brought solar power to four schools in South Africa, and we’re just getting started! Our next school project for Saint Henry’s Marist College is coming up in early May. Watch this space for your next opportunity to solar power education.