Friday, 1 July 2016

Schoolgen On Display...

Today our wonderful Schoolgen team made a fabulous new wall display to share with the students, teachers and community at Eastern Hutt.  What do you think?  

Next term we're looking forward to visiting junior classrooms and reading some of our fabulous books with the students, and doing some fun activities.  There are some amazing Schoolgen resources that teach kids all about solar power and energy efficiency.  We can't wait!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Science Week and Schoolgen...

This week at Eastern Hutt we have been celebrating Science Week.  At all levels of the school, students and teachers have been exploring new things and making new discoveries, making things explode and expand, twirl and dissolve, light up and get wet ....  it's been really fun.  

Our solar panels provide a wonderful basis for science learning, and today our Schoolgen Solarkids got together to learn more about them.

We reacquainted ourselves with our solar panels on B Block roof.  We have 12 panels which are north facing and attract a lot of sun light.  We looked at our inverter, 'Sunny Boy' and discussed how the energy is converted to usable electricity and then looked on the Schoolgen website to see the data from our panels.  

We talked about projects for the year and energy efficiency - what we already know, what we wanted to know or projects we want to do.

We read a great book called Kiwi Kids Discover the Sun.  This book is available as an e-Book - just click here.  Then we talked about all the new vocabulary and science terms in the book and worked out what they meant ... solar, electricity, renewable energy, hydro, wind, sun, inverter ... 

Then we went outside and had a play with the solar power cars.  We learnt from last time that they didn't work inside because the windows have a reflective coating on them to stop the glare.  We went outside but there was lots of clouds so we couldn't get them going today either, but we still had a race with them down a ramp.  One of the students joked that we could 'jump start' the cars!  

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Interesting Article...

In the November online edition of Consumer, there was an article about PV (Photovoltaic) systems, like our one at school.

Click here to read the article.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Power to the people ... well, the school!

How much electricity does our solar panel system generate? Over the last 12 months we have generated 2362 kWh electricity.  According to Energywise, the average New Zealand household uses about 8 kWh of electricity per person per day, that means we've generated enough power for over 295 people this year alone!  The power we generate contributes to what we use at school and reducing our power bill.  Yay for sunshiney days!

Here's the details about the solar panels we have at school..

This is how the system works.  Our inverter and distributor board is housed in B block (the same building where the panels are installed on the roof)...

The angle of the panels and the location is particularly important.  Other schools with similar panels generate quite different amounts of energy, even with similar sunlight.  Our panels are sited particularly well - facing North, with a good angle and without large trees or anything to obscure sunlight.  The panels get sun for most of the day and this feeds straight into our school.  Neat, huh!

Friday, 25 March 2016

Solar Anniversary!

Today marks our 7th year anniversary of having our solar panels installed.  If you haven't already done so, take a few minutes to explore the Schoolgen site and find out about our power generation. Thank you Genesis for your ongoing support of our Schoolgen programme at Eastern Hutt.

Installation of our solar panels in 2009...

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Introducing our 2016 Schoolgen Solar Kids...

Introducing our 2016 Schoolgen Solar Kids:

As well as our Schoolgen team, groups across the school will be working on Schoolgen initiatives throughout the year and looking at how we can learn more about solar power, energy efficiency and sustainability as part of their take action for inquiry learning.