The “Energy Independent School” of Kaštela

“The Energy Cooperative Kaštela wants to encourage people in their community to start using renewable energy sources. The primary school Ostrog from Kaštel Lukšić is a member of the energy cooperative and together we want to create the first energy independent school. The primary school Ostrog’s path towards energy independance began this year when, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the project Solar Sunflowers, a small educational solar tracker system was installed at the school.

This year, the Energy Cooperative of Kaštela, which was one of the winners of a tender called by UNDP for providing technical assistance to energy cooperatives, launched the energy independence project at the primary school Ostrog within which an energy audit was conducted. It was established that the quickest and easiest steps towards the school’s energy independence would be the replacement of existing lighting, roof insulation and repairs, using biomass instead of fuel oil for heating, and installing a solar power plant on the school’s roof.
The size of the solar power plant will depend on the money collected through crowdfunding campaign. If more is gathered than planned, the remaining funds will be invested in the replacement of lighting in one or more classrooms, and with a little luck maybe even the entire school. This is an energy efficiency measure which will bring the largest and quickest cost-effective electricity savings. On the other hand, if less funds are gathered than the minimum cost-effective solar power plant, the funds will be directed solely to replacing the lighting in one part or in the entire school.”

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(via Energy Independent School)
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