A green center of learning
Planet friendly initiatives are crucial as the world rallies support to reverse climate change effects. EPF Caxito, a teacher training school in Angola, has taken a first step in being a center of learning fully powered by solar energy. Between March and November 2013, a solar energy power system was installed at EPP Caxito to provide energy for both EPF Caxito and EPP Caxito. (EPP is a secondary school with vocational skills training as a central part of the program.) The initiative was central to secure power all day and reduce the power costs. It also gives ADPP Angola the opportunity to tell the world that going green is possible.
The 24 batteries of 3200Ah capacity each can accumulate electricity produced during the day to be consumed at night. Should production of energy be insufficient, the schools gets energy from the grid. This is an automatic process, and the school does not notice any difference. More likely however, is that there will be an oversupply which can be sold to the grid. The students at EPP Caxito took part in both the installation and maintenance of the system. Shifts of students have been created to help with the maintenance, including changing water in the batteries and conducting the monthly cleaning of the system. Each day, students and teachers read the figures from the system and follow how much it is producing. The solar energy system at EPF and EPP Caxito works as an example of renewable energy that does not pollute, but serves many people and many purposes.