Enviropower pilot project
Michael Fenton, M.Sc., Dip.Tchg.
EnviroPower Technical Advisor, Ministry of
Education eLearning Fellow, Microsoft Innovative Teacher
first of its type ever attempted in New Zealand, the Energy
Conservation and Renewable Energy Generation Pilot Project was
installed at Taranaki's Inglewood High School.
The pilot was a
success...using energy conservation and renewable energy generation
aimed at reducing the school's electricity demand from the national
grid by 15% in 12 months.
Jamie Fenton and Chad Oliver were the two
wining student entries for a name and a logo for the project. The new EnviroPower
name and logo were used extensively to promote the benefits of energy
conservation and renewable energy.
Using a combination of conservation
initiatives, renewable energy generation technologies installation, and
the integration of conservation and renewable energy subjects into the
classroom curriculum, the project is expected to kickstart a
'multiplier effect' by encouraging tandem energy conservation in
students' Inglewood homes.
At the start of the project in 2007,
Venture Taranaki chief executive Stuart Trundle said the school and its
392 student families will become the national spotlight in the twin
energy challenges facing New Zealand.
"New Zealand lags the developed world in
energy conservation and the uptake of renewable energy generation
technologies," Mr Trundle said.
"This project aims to support the
Government's draft New Zealand Energy Strategy to 2050. The advantage
of targeting secondary school students is the potential multiplier
effect it could have on the individual student's home conservation
The pilot involved:
Promoting conservation within the school
environment by installing timers and insulation on hot water cylinders,
replacing bulbs with low energy types, switch timers on lights, replace
standard desktop PCs with LCD-screened laptops
Change classroom behaviour to encourage turning off
lights and electrical equipment after use
Using check metres to demonstrate electricity usage
and savings over time, both in the classroom and in the home
Promoting conservation opportunities in the home,
targeting the parent body
Installing solar hot water generation systems
Installing a wind turbine
Installing a demonstration model micro hydro
PHOTO GALLERY AND HISTORY
Inglewood High School leading the way in power
There was plenty of EnviroPower-related teaching
occurring in classrooms.
The electricity generating photo-voltaic
arrays (solar cells) were installed at the end of 2007. These can be
seen on the right side of the roof of the Technology Block at the front
of the school. They provide free electricity to the school grid and are
particularly effective on the bright days that we have been having
Mr Michael Lawley
with the "Energy
Trailer" demonstrating solar energy being converted to electricity.
Mr Merv Hayward digs the trench for
the wind turbine
Up, up and away...the wind turbine
being raised into position
Close up of the photvoltaic cells
up on the Technology Block roof
After much planning, preparation and red
tape the Skystream wind turbine was installed on the front field on
January 29th 2008. The turbine generates a steady flow of electricity
to the school even in light wind conditions. Perhaps most importantly,
the turbine is a strong visual symbol for EnviroPower and has
attracted the attention of many visitors to the school.
a report about the turbine here...
The solar hot water installation was
completed. The full installation will be delayed by the difficulty of
obtaining the solar collectors. There is a high international demand
for solar hot water systems presently. It seems that more and more
people are becoming aware of future energy decline and are prepared to
make the investment in renewables. Inglewood High School with its
wind/photovoltaic/solar hot water generation is on the cutting edge of
In terms of conservation, computer
efficiency measures were installed in the summer break. Room 9 monitors
have been upgraded from CRT to LCD panels. Extenda kits have been
installed in Room 23. These enable one computer to power 5-6
monitors/keyboards without any noticeable loss of computing power.
Consumption was measured before these changes were made. Students of
10KI were involved in monitoring the rooms to see how much electricity
had been saved.
While the structural aspects of the project
were completed, there was plenty of scope for learning opportunities.
Several different subject teachers integrated EnviroPower into
turbine unit ready for action...
Installed on the
front field on January 29th 2008
Cutting the ribbon in front of the wind turbine
are from left:
Stuart Trundle, CEO Venture
Abbie Fowler, student
representative on the EnviroPower committee,
the Honourable Jeanette
Fitzsimmons, Government spokesperson on energy efficiency and
Lucy Green, the Ministry for
and His Worship the Mayor Peter
Energy meters put to good use by
our team of energy conservationists