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Immaculate improves efficiency

Published:Tuesday | May 31, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Sister Angella Harris gives Andrew Mahfood a tour of the school to show off the solar project.

Immaculate Conception High School has significantly reduced its carbon footprint through the installation of solar panels to service the school's daytime electrical needs.

As first-place winners of the 2014 CranWATA School Spirit Competition, the school gained J$1 million to be used towards the purchase and installation of 46 solar panels.

The project, started in 2014, reached completion earlier this year.

The school's initiative has already had a major impact on energy savings and is projected to reduce its electricity bill by J$2.4 million annually. This is a part of an ongoing effort by the administrative staff to raise awareness about the need to practise energy conservation.

"The girls are generally aware of the need to turn off the fans and lights whenever they are not in use," said principal Sister Angella Harris.

Whereas she believes there is still more to do, Sister Harris can see the difference the project has made in the school community.

 

More panels coming

 

She highlighted that the school intends to install 200 more panels and invest in a water-catchment facility within the next two years.

The school has also installed 25 panels to power its pool pumps full-time.

"These young women have created a sustainable-energy source for Immaculate which will outlast their tenure," said Andrew Mahfood, CEO of Wisynco Group.

"Wisynco is proud to know that our CranWATA School Spirit Competition is providing creative minds such as these with the start-up they need to aid in the progress of their school's infrastructure and the surrounding community."

This year's CranWATA School Spirit Competition winners will be announced at the end of May. The brand will invest a total of $2 million into developmental projects led by the students at the winning schools.

"At CranWATA, we believe in uplifting the community and Immaculate obviously shares these values. Hopefully we can align our relationship in a mutually beneficial way," said Jihan Cooke, brand manager, CranWATA.