5KW OFF-GRID SOLAR SYSTEM FOR EDUCATION CENTER ON GAM ISLAND

Child Aid Papua Education Center is located on Gam island, Raja Ampat archipelago in West Papua. The school is founded and run by Jonas Muller, Swiss philanthropist who moved to Raja Ampat a few years ago. In 2019 thanks to donations Jonas constructed a new school building. Inspired by Jonas efforts in bringing education to the farthest communities in Raja Ampat we wanted to support Jonas effort by providing an off-grid solar power system that could support school operations.

5KW roof installation generates 28.8 kWh of electricity providing secure access to electricity at any point during the day. 12 x 200Ah batteries provide 24 hours backup for rainy and cloudy days. For additional backup, the system is connected to a diesel-powered generator.

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THE IMPACT

For local communities Jonas is a role model when it comes to adopting new technologies. We hope his forward-looking approach will inspire and convince local residence of solar energy as cost effective substitute to diesel-powered generators.The solar energy will enable new ways of learning using laptop, tablets, projector and provide comfortable conditions for students to engage in the process. It is not uncommon for children help families by working in homestay during the day. The solar energy and sufficient back up will insure smooth operations of the facility during day and in the evening hours. 5kW solar power system can produce about 4536 kWh/year of green electricity, which is equivalent to emission reduction of carbon dioxide about 4710 kgs.

Being a popular destination for diving vacations many island communities have opened family run homestays, which typically consist of several bungalows. Visitors are offered meals three times a day, and diving possibilities. There are several exclusively priced eco-resorts in that area that invested in solar solutions and successfully benefiting from it. However due to cost factor and perhaps limited logistics it remains inaccessible for island communities. The solar system is sourced in China from local solar panel and battery producer BlueSun Solar Energy Tech Co.,Ltd. 

 

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BACKGROUND

Raja Ampat is one of the sunniest places on Earth, making it ideal for solar energy production. Yet inefficient electricity generators run on fossil fuel remain the main mean of electricity production. A small family island community of on average ten people spends up to USD 100 a day, translating to 50 liters of diesel daily. Being a dispersed archipelago, the place is heavily influenced by fluctuations of fuel price making it a risk factor for local people.

Raja Ampat is a popular destination for diving vacations, this given rise to many island communities opening family run homestays, which typically consist of several bungalows. There are several exclusively priced eco-resorts in that area that invested in solar solutions and successfully benefiting from it. However due to cost factor and perhaps limited logistics it remains inaccessible for island communities.