Vladimir Nazor school

Vladimir Nazor school is located in a village 15km from the Adriatic coast. The project seeks to take advantage of the sunny location by installing a solar system to provide both electricity and water heating. This is the school’s first application to the Zayed Future Energy Prize.

The evaluation of this candidate should take into account the local context and the school’s circumstances. Škabrnja was the site of a civilian massacre in November 2001 by Serbian paramilitary and Yugoslav army troops. A mass grave containing the remains of 84 people was found adjacent to the school, which was destroyed and not rebuilt until 1997. The current principal, Marin Pavičić, who was a child at the time, escaped by hiding in his family’s basement. The school’s namesake Vladimir Nazor was a Croatian poet and politician who died in 1949. He was the first speaker of the Croatian parliament.

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The school proposes to install a combined photovoltaic/solar thermal system that would generate 13,000kWh of electricity annually plus 60,000kWh of heat. The system output would partially offset its 20,000kWh of power demand and its annual heating oil demand of 14,500 liters. It would also replace 226 conventional light bulbs (of 60W each) with LED lamps rated at 7W. Other components include an electric-powered pickup truck with a backup battery system, solar backpacks for every student and the establishment of a cooperative open school to learn about olive production.

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