R3m solar power boost for local schools

17 July 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915482

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R3m solar power boost for local schools
Hamish Erskine, Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone CEO, and Vis Govender – Acacia Primary School Principal

DUBE TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has commissioned its 10th photovoltaic solar system for Acacia Primary School, as part of the organisation’s corporate social investment (CSI) programme.

"Our programs are aimed at ensuring that young South Africans are educated and go on to acquire the relevant skills that will enable them to take full advantage of the opportunities that we, along with rest of the business community and the government of KwaZulu-Natal, are bringing into the region," said CEO Hamish Erskine

The 10kWp solar system installed at Acacia Primary, will augment the energy needs of the school, representing a projected saving of 38% of the school's energy needs, at an investment of R236 000 by Dube TradePort.

Over the last eight years, the SEZ has installed similar installations at 10 schools within the neighbouring communities of Verulam, Tongaat, La Mercy, Phoenix, and Inanda, valued at R3 million.

“Through our previous engagement, schools had brought it to our attention that electricity and water account for a large proportion of their costs associated with providing a quality education within our communities, which led us to respond through the provision of these solar systems,” Erskine said.

Apart from the solar installations, the SEZ has also funded rainwater harvesting facilities, science laboratory kits, school textbooks and libraries.

Additionally, students have benefited through receiving full sets of school uniforms, sanitary towels for girls, and students throughout KwaZulu-Natal have received bursaries, while graduates have had access to Dube TradePort’s comprehensive internship programme.

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