This school has gone off the grid: Should more implement solar power?
According to the Australian Government, the Bracken Ridge High School in Brisbane has gone completely off-grid and becomes the first Australian school to completely rely on renewables around the clock.
A technology startup known as Hivve Technology has used rooftop solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall battery system to generate power. The solar panel technology that has been developed by Hiive doesn’t just work well on sunny days and the classroom was able to be entirely self-sufficient on cloudy days as well. The executive director of Hivve Mr. David Wrench claims that the lowest level the battery has ever gone to was 70% even on overcast and rainy conditions.
With regards to costs, Mr. Wrench claims that a classroom is expected to save an approximate amount of $3,000 in power bills annually, as the school will not be required to pay any power bills as a result. Furthermore, what makes using this technology more feasible is that it is actually cheaper compared to connecting the classroom to the grid.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is also currently on board with this initiative, supporting trials in off-grid NSW schools with $370,000 in grants. If successful, this could pave the way for the implementation of this technology across schools nationwide that would both be environmentally friendly and helps schools to reduce costs simultaneously.
Schools are big organisations with big buildings so could encouraging or incentivising schools to go green on power be a great step for Australia towards sustainability? Do you think we should be encouraging this?
Check out the Hivve Technology website to find out more about the project!