University Brings Renewables Knowledge to High Schools

Hopefield High and Weston High Schools Learn about Renewables
Hopefield High and Weston High Schools Learn about Renewables (Umoya Energy)

South Africa - Students from two high schools in the Western Cape Province of South Africa had the opportunity to learn more about renewable power resources and climate change. The students from Hopefield High and Weston High Schools were the latest to welcome the custom-built “EnergyDrive” truck, the main feature of a project that was launched in November 2016 by the Durban University of Technology.

The EnergyDrive project aims to raise awareness about climate change and renewables among young people across South Africa.

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) partnered with the Durban University of Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) make this national educational road trip possible.

Hopefield High and Weston High Schools are located close to Umoya Energy wind farm which acted as host for the EnergyDrive truck.

Umoya Energy is situated about 105 km north of Cape Town and has been operational since 2013. This 66 MW wind farm comprises 37 wind turbines and is part of the South Africa Department of Energy’s first REIPPP Programme bid window. The wind farm generates enough electricity to power about 65 000 low-income homes, or 27 000 medium-income homes.

“We are very excited to be part of this national educational road show. It’s a great opportunity for our local community high school learners to acquire first-hand knowledge from the interactive demonstration models, which are designed specifically to increase the understanding of a range of renewable technologies,” said Veronique Isaacs, Regional Community Operations Manager for Umoya Energy wind farm.

Hopefield and Weston High Schools joined thousands of other young people, learning more about the potential for renewable power technologies in our rapidly changing world.

Featuring a solar roof structure, biogas digester, photovoltaic panel display unit as well as a solar hot water display unit, the EnergyDrive teaches young people about the benefits and uses of renewables.