The Academy is actively pursuing the utilisation of renewable energy by implementing 350 kW. solar PV plants across its various buildings, namely the Auditorium, Workshop, and Kuwaza. The M-PESA Foundation Academy has entered into a contract with a renewable energy solution provider to accomplish this goal. Their responsibilities encompass designing, supplying, installing, testing, training, and commissioning a 350-kW grid-tied solar PV plant.
Through this project, the Academy aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Cost savings: Solar energy will significantly reduce electricity costs for the institution. Once the
solar panels are installed, they will generate electricity for free, reducing reliance on expensive grid electricity. This will result in substantial 40% long-term cost savings for each facility, allowing the Academy to allocate more resources to other vital areas.
- Environmental sustainability: Solar energy is a clean, renewable source of power that produces no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants during operation. The Academy can reduce its carbon. footprint by a minimum of 50% and contribute to a more sustainable future by utilising solar energy. This demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship, which will positively impact the institution' s reputation and inspire students to adopt sustainable practices.
- Energy independence: Solar energy will provide the institution with a degree of energy. Independence and security. By generating our electricity, the institution is less reliant on the grid. And is better prepared to handle power outages or disruptions in the electricity supply. This can be. Particularly valuable during emergencies, ensuring critical facilities remain operational. By implementing this solar system, the Academy also aims to reduce its reliance on diesel generators.as a daytime power backup option.
- Long-term investment: Installing solar panels is a long-term investment that offers a reliable and predictable source of electricity for decades. Solar panels typically have 25-30 years or more lifespan, requiring minimal maintenance. The Academy can benefit from long-term energy cost stability, insulating it from fluctuating electricity prices and ensuring a reliable power supply. The ultimate goal is to achieve 100% self-consumption of renewable energy. Educational opportunities: Solar installations will provide excellent opportunities for the Academy to incorporate renewable energy into its curricula. Students can learn about solar technology, energy conservation, and the environmental benefits of renewable energy. Practical hands-on experiences with solar panels can help students develop a deeper understanding of sustainable practices and inspire them to pursue careers in renewable energy fields. Community engagement: Solar energy installation will serve as a visible symbol of the Academy’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. They can be used to engage the local community, showcase the benefits of renewable energy, and raise awareness about climate change. This can foster positive relationships with the community and create opportunities for collaboration and partnerships. At the Academy, we priorities the execution of sustainable energy projects that are backed by performance guarantees. This guarantees the long-term sustainability and efficiency of renewable. energy initiatives.