Indian school aims for energy self-sustainability

At a school in India’s southern state of Karnataka, power cuts often disrupt studies.

And the lack of electricity access means that many pupils return home to unlit houses. But the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya’s passion towards sustainability, including the establishment of environmentally-friendly buildings and an ongoing project to increase the use of solar lighting, have shortlisted among it the finalists for the upcoming Zayed Future Energy Prize.

“The goal of the project is to make the school entirely self-sustainable in terms of energy. We hope to replace incandescent bulbs in classrooms with energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) lights and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). At the same time, we hope to use solar lighting for hostels, computers, projectors and water heaters and water pumps. This will create fewer disruptions [for evening classes],” Barbara Schmid, social welfare manager at the school, told Gulf News in an email interview.

“Moreover, any funds saved from energy use will be used to provide solar home lighting systems for meritorious pupils whose homes are not electrified,” she added. — Full Story at Gulf News

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