Students Launch Solar Power Project

ESF schools are switching to solar as part of a group-wide sustainability initiative, after a successful project at ESF Renaissance College, which saw 30 large solar panels fitted to its roof.
Students Launch Solar Power Project
By Carli Allan
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Students at a Hong Kong school are leading the charge for solar power after launching a renewable energy project. A group of secondary students from ESF’s Renaissance College Hong Kong have turned a school project into a long-term plan to generate green, solar energy at the campus in the New Territories.

More than 30 large solar panels have been fitted to the roof of RCHK. The renewable energy system is now connected to CLP’s power grid and is eligible for its Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme; this means the school can earn FiT payments.

RCHK’s solar project team, led by students Jane Chan (Year 12) and Taylor Chung (Year 11), applied for funding, commissioned designs and appointed the contractors to deliver the scheme.

Jane said:

“We would like to demonstrate that the choice for a sustainable future does not require any loss in business nor time spend. Being a part of the FiT scheme, it enables the school to cash-in power generated by the renewable energy system, which may help recover part of the installation and operating cost.”

ESF plans to roll out the solar power project to more of its 22 schools, starting with King George V School and Kowloon Junior School. This is part of an ongoing drive by ESF to reduce energy, water and waste across its campuses. Three of its schools received a Hong Kong Green School Award in 2018; Peak School and Beacon Hill School both received Bronze Awards, and Kennedy School received a Certificate of Merit.

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