The idea behind the Dunamis Project is to utilise schools to demonstrate and test new technologies and therefore encourage their communities to become more energy self-sufficient.
Mike Rathbone, founder and currently sole backer of the Dunamis Project, travels extensively by air and saw solar photovoltaic panels everywhere – even in the most far flung spots in Australia. This got Mike thinking about why not here in New Zealand? Schools are the centre of our communities. So schools seemed like a good place to start spreading the word. There are real educational benefits in starting with schools too – as well as the fact the students will inherit the planet and be faced with tough environmental choices.
The 2 Lower Hutt schools chosen were Maungaraki School with a roll of around 250 students and Naenae Primary School with a role of around 120 students. In line with Dunamis’ recommendations, both schools received 10kW solar PV systems, but once tested and producing energy, the schools may choose to apply for further funding for a further 10kW systems
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