Green energy in schools

FIVE schools in Malaysia will soon embrace green technology and provide a new learning experience for their pupils.

Under the Green Schools Campaign, these schools will be equipped with grid-connected photovoltaic systems to generate electricity.

The campaign is jointly sponsored by Pusat Tenaga Malaysia (PTM) and the Association of Independent Power Producers (Penjanabebas).

The initiative is also supported by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, Suruhanjaya Tenaga and the United Nations Development Program and Global Environmental Facility.

The campaign will shortlist five schools that will each have a 5 kWp BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) system installed in their premises to convert solar energy into electricity.

The systems will cost a total of RM750,000.

According to PTM’s Malaysia Building Integrated Photovoltaic (MBIPV) project leader Ir Ahmad Hadri Haris, the total installed capacity in schools would increase from 4.4kWp to 29.4kWp once the five systems have been installed.

“Each school will save an estimated 5,018 kWp/year in their electricity bill, but the campaign’s primary objective is to increase the acceptance of green energy amongst school pupils through on-the-ground awareness and education programmes,” he said.

PTM last year installed the first such system at SMK Sri Aman in Petaling Jaya as a showcase project.

The campaign is Penjanabebas’ flagship corporate social responsibility (CSR) project, in line with the industry’s stand on energy efficiency and sustainability.

The association’s president Ahmad Jauhari Yahya described the project as an example of a successful partnership between the public and private sectors.

“Our involvement in the BIPV project for schools is to turn something as abstract as green technology into something that pupils can see and monitor in order to generate interest in, and commitment to, green technology,” he added.

Also present at the campaign launch were Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Dr Halim Man, and deputy secretary-general Loo Took Gee.

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