Solar energy drives Tembisa school forward

Phomolong Secondary School in Tembisa, Gauteng has become the first school in South Africa to benefit from Samsung’s Solar Power Generator. The generator will power the school’s administration block, which accounts for over 90% of its total electricity consumption.

The South Korean conglomerate also installed energy efficient LED lights at the school to help further reduce electricity usage.

BUILT FOR AFRICA

samsung-generator1-250Phomolong Secondary School’s year-on-year matric pass rate has grown from 65% to 97.5% in just two yearsThe Samsung Solar Power Generator was launched in March this year, to provide easy power accessibility at an affordable price to schools and community centres across Africa.

The geenrator forms part of Samsung’s ‘Built for Africa’ product range, and can provide power for up to eight years without any additional maintenance, and has a lifespan of up to 25 years, ensuring a reliable power solution for schools and community centres.

“I’m delighted that we are going to be cutting back on our electricity bill, which usually comes to over R8 000 a month,” said Phomolong principal Mocheke Thoka. “By saving this money, we can afford to do important things like infrastructure development without having to sacrifice anything.

“I’m excited that our students will see that alternative energy solutions are really viable and I hope it will make them think about the importance of being resourceful and using solar power in Africa.”

samsung-generator2-250The geenrator forms part of Samsung’s ‘Built for Africa’ product range, and can provide power for up to eight years without any additional maintenance (Images: Samsung)Phomolong Secondary School is already home to a Samsung Solar Powered Internet School, which serves as the school’s only computer lab. Earlier this year, Samsung also donated several Smart TVs and smartphones to the school to bring multimedia content into the classroom and ensure better communication between teachers.

AIMING FOR 100%

Samsung identified Phomolong Secondary School as a suitable beneficiary for its education-related innovations due to its strong leadership, as shown by the school’s consistent year-on-year matric pass rate growing from 65% to 97.5% in just two years.

“Phomolong Secondary School is a good partner for us because we know that our investment will make a significant impact,” said Samsung Africa public affairs manager Ntutule Tshenye. “Technology can do great things for schools, but unless those schools are run by committed leaders, it won’t solve anything.

“We’re pleased to be able to assist a school that is a shining example of what can be achieved despite the odds against it.”

Thoka said the school was aiming for a 100% pass rate this year and that Samsung’s ongoing support would help achieve this goal. “Since the Solar Powered Internet School arrived, we have seen a huge improvement in the academic performance of our students, who use the facility to do their homework, conduct online research, and to apply for bursaries at tertiary institutions.

“Now, the Solar Power Generator will help us free up budget which can be used for more books and supplies.”