In addition to offering a top-quality education to students around the world, SABIS® is committed to instilling in them a lifelong love of and respect for their environment. To help drive home this respect, SABIS® models it through many environmentally friendly initiatives on SABIS® school campuses around the network. One of the most recent environmentally friendly projects in the network is an initiative to harness clean, renewable solar energy on a number of SABIS® school campuses.
“Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available,” explained Mr. Nabil Rizkallah, SABIS® Engineering Department Manager. “With new technologies that can harness this energy for a variety of uses, including generating electricity, providing light, and heating water, it is a great opportunity for us to integrate these technologies into our campus designs.”
The process is quite simple: solar power panels called photovoltaic (PV) cells are installed on the roof of the school and on carports. These solar panels convert energy from the sun into thermal and electrical energy that serve the school’s needs throughout the year. “In the long run, investing in PV cells not only makes great financial sense, it will also help schools reduce the cost of electrical power for the grid and conserve energy,” said Rizkallah.
To date, the SABIS® International School – Costa Verde in Panama has installed the panels on the roof of the school buildings and carports and began using solar energy at the end of January 2019. The International School of Choueifat – Choueifat in Lebanon and the International School of Choueifat – Lahore in Pakistan have begun installing the PV cell system in their schools and will be benefiting from this clean, renewable energy source in the very near future.
SABIS®’s initiative to harness new, clean, renewable energy stems from its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. It is also an excellent example to students of how they can help prevent climate change and develop an understanding of their role as custodians of the earth’s valuable natural resources.
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