What makes Vuvu different to other schools and communities is that its power won’t be drawn from the municipal power grid. Instead Vodacom will now supply renewable energy to the school and to the community through its solar-powered base station in the area.
Providing renewable energy to Vuvu follows a successful pilot project launched in Emfihlweni, Northern Kwa Zulu Natal in 2012 as well as a second project in Kisarawe, Tanzania in 2013.
The Vuvu school project consists of a 7.5kW solar array which is sufficient to power both the Vodacom base station as well as the entire school. In addition, the solar installation has led to a 60% saving on fuel normally consumed at the site and a reduction in generator run time of 3-4 hours per day.
Maya Makanjee, Chief Officer Corporate Affairs at Vodacom said: “Powering rural communities with excess energy from Vodacom’s green base station is not only a game changer for rural areas that have no access to power, but it also increases the quality of education learners receive by providing access to learning after daylight as well as access to technology and equipment only electricity can enable”.