New Zealand schools and universities are in a prime position to take advantage of the full range of benefits from solar energy. Because they consume nearly all of their energy during the day when lessons are in session, solar offers financial benefits beyond those of even other commercial systems.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. Bren Winitana, Chairman of the Sustainable Electricity Association of New Zealand, explained in a New Zealand Herald article that the country’s approximately 2,500 schools could cut their power bills by $20 million a year if they all installed solar energy.
The cost of installation would be paid back in seven years, providing completely free electricity thereafter, and allowing for the savings to be diverted into better learning opportunities for students.
The financial benefits are considerable, but so are the educational opportunities. The visibility of a solar energy system and its performance will help to educate the students and allow them to grow throughout their education with a better understanding of the real, practical benefits of solar energy. This will help to form a generation of New Zealanders where solar energy and renewables become second-nature; just a standard part of everyday life, where commercial solar energy systems will be seen on the majority of available rooftops, delivering local and abundant energy to all types of enterprise.