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!

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