UWCSEA is committed to making environmental stewardship a major part of every child's education. It is only by working together that we can address the peace and social justice challenges by raising the living standards of humanity while respecting the planetary ecological boundaries. Our Solar Initiative is an opportunity for members of the College community to come together and raise awareness of environmental issues while reducing the carbon footprint of UWCSEA.
What began as one student’s personal passion has caught the imagination of the whole UWCSEA community and become a Collegewide mission to increase our usage of renewable energy. To date over half of the planned 3,000 solar panels have been installed across the Dover and East campuses which currently generate an impressive 1,600kWh of clean energy per day! This equates to diversion of nearly 240 tonnes of CO2 annually, and significant cost savings to the college.
Aside from the significant environmental benefits, the Dover and East solar programmes provide a wealth of learning opportunities, enhancing students’ environmental activism and awareness, developing knowledge and technical skills, and encouraging collaboration and leadership opportunities. Activities run each week, and student members lead the marketing, communication, and fundraising elements of the programme.
“Helping to lead the Solar for East initiative over the last three years has been an amazing experience on so many levels. Not only did we learn so much about sustainability and renewable energy, but we also gained invaluable leadership skills. We learned about the importance of having a plan, being accountable, and staying committed to a project over a long period of time to see it through.” – Hemal Arora ’21