Over the summer break 336 solar panels were installed on the roof of the Junior School Sports Hall at UWCSEA Dover – successfully completing Phase 1 of the student led initiative; Solar for Dover.
Inspired by his Grade 5 exhibition project, Raghav Shukla (Class of 2015, video below) was determined to introduce solar energy to UWCSEA. Working closely with senior leadership, Raghav devised a plan that projected savings of up to 137,500kg of carbon emission each year if 860 panels were installed across three buildings on the Dover Campus. It was an ambitious goal, but one the College wholeheartedly supported.
“It is important that as a community, we make a clear commitment to enacting change for sustainability and that we signal that we are taking this commitment - which speaks to the very heart of our mission - seriously ... If schools and other organisations with the power to bring about change do not do this, the future of our planet could be very bleak and chaotic.,” said Frazer Cairns, Head of UWCSEA Dover.
Since its launch last year, 72 solar panels have been adopted by the members of the UWCSEA community. Inspired by the passion of the students involved and their commitment to tackling environmental issues, AT Capital funded an additional 264 panels to ensure the first phase of this significant programme could be achieved.
“It is vital that young people are encouraged and motivated to effectively tackle the environmental issues of today. I was incredibly impressed that this began as a student project and AT Capital is pleased to partner with UWCSEA in making Solar for Dover a reality,” said Arvid Tiku, CEO of AT Capital Pte Ltd.
With Phase 1 completed, the community efforts will now turn to Phase 2 of the project – transforming more minds and educating them for a more sustainable future.
For more information on Solar for Dover, or to adopt your own panel, please visit our microsite.
The implementation of the Solar for Dover project is managed by the UWCSEA Foundation on behalf of the College.