Primrose Technical High School

The Primrose Technical High School has about 900 students and is situated close to two large informal housing settlements. Students from these settlements often do not have access to basic facilities at home. This plan would use solar water heating, solar lighting and LEDs, and a vegetable garden to improve the students quality of life, providing them food and making sure that they have warm showers. The entirety of this plan would cost approximately $85,000, depending on the exchange rate between dollars and South African rand, and includes the cost of employing a gardener and a supervisor for the showers for the first year.

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The benefits from the working lights would go to the school (each classroom would have a separate solar system and battery to run the LED strip lighting using 158W bulbs), while the vegetable garden would help to feed students at a cost lower than the local shops, and the solar water heater running the showers would allow them to wash comfortably, at a rate of about 80 showers per day.

The project leader, Adam Smith, has installed his own solar water heater and plans to teach students the same techniques to install LEDs and solar geysers (passive heaters).

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