Gaitheri Secondary School

Gaitheri Secondary School is a co-educational secondary school of around 250 students and 20 staff about 40km north of Nairobi.

The school is currently dependent on the local electricity grid which is unreliable and does not support ICT education. The school has outlined a three phase vision to address this and other problems through sustainability. The first phase saw the installation of 2.4kWp of solar panels and served as a proof-of-concept for the use of PV to support ICT classes. However the power generated is insufficient and five students share a single machine.

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The second phase, which would be supported by the ZFEP prize money, would address this by adding 21.9kWp of solar capacity. It would also see the installation of a compressed-air storage system which will enable the extension of school hours after dark. The storage system that the school plans to use produces a substantial volume of drinkable water as a
bi-product which will be distributed within the student body and community. The third phase of the project will see the costsavings and revenues generated by second phase used to support further sustainability initiatives within the school and community.

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