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A group of students with special educational needs will embark on an exciting project in the next 12 months to learn and experience the power of solar energy, thanks to HK Electric's Clean Energy Fund which has extended sponsorship of renewable energy (RE) projects to special schools for the first time since the Fund started five years ago.
The proposal by Hong Chi Pinehill No. 2 School to set up a solar power mobile tuck shop on campus has won support from a panel of adjudicators which included university professors, representatives from green groups and community leaders. It is among 12 schools to be awarded a total of $1.1 million to carry out projects promoting understanding and application of RE in schools.
It is Hong Chi's first attempt applying for the Fund and it will use the RE installation for cooking classes during which students will not only learn more about RE, but also the trendy low-carbon lifestyle.
Speaking at today's award presentation ceremony, Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Tso Kai-sum, said it was encouraging to see students of special educational needs benefitting from the Fund, which offers a unique opportunity for "other learning experience" as advocated in school curriculums nowadays.
"I believe RE installations sponsored by the Fund will be an effective teaching aid for teachers with students learning from a wide range of activities related to the projects," Mr. Tso said, adding that the number of applications reached a record 60 this year.
The Fund has sponsored 60 projects totalling more than HK$5 million since its inception in 2006, while the total installed capacity of solar panels and micro wind turbines installed on school campuses has reached 11,600W and 4,800W respectively.
This year's projects from seven primary schools, four secondary schools and a special school mainly harness solar and wind energy. Other than Hong Chi's mobile tuck shop, an RE resources centre for the elderly will be open in the Ho Dao College, while a green wall will be built on a roof-top garden of S.K.H Chi Fu Chi Nam Primary School.
A member of the adjudication panel, Dr. Man Chi-sum, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Green Power, said this year's submissions contained a wide range of interesting and innovative ideas promoting RE in schools. Another adjudicator, Mr. Ken So of the Conservancy Association, said he was delighted to note that many of the projects awarded would incorporate RE into daily lives, enhancing public understanding of RE application and benefits.
Besides promoting RE in schools, HK Electric has increased the use of RE in power generation in the past year. Mr. Tso said the largest solar power system in Hong Kong was commissioned in Lamma Power Station in July this year generating more than 310,000 units of electricity so far. The Company has also made progress in its offshore wind farm project with wind monitoring work expected to start in mid-2011.
Below is the list of awardees of HK Electric Clean Energy Fund 2010-11:
CCC Kei Wai Primary School (Ma Wan)
Micro Ecosystem Powered by RE
A small stream of water designed as a micro ecosystem. Solar panels and wind turbines to be installed to power water pump, monitoring system and display system.
SKH Chi Fu Chi Nam Primary School
Recycling Green Wall
A green wall to be erected at the existing green roof garden and act as a natural air filter; rainfall collectors above the green wall collect rainfall for watering.
Christian Alliance SY Yeh Memorial Primary School
Green Resources & Environment Education Network (GREEN)
To install a traffic light powered by both solar and wind energy in the School's Eco Square. Experiments of renewable energy to be carried out by students.
S.K.H. Tseung Kwan O Kei Tak Primary School
Green Energy, Green Environment
An electric composter powered by solar energy to decompose kitchen waste.
Precious Blood Primary School (South Horizons)
Solar panels to power LED monitors and Wi-Fi Touch Pad to display students' artwork.
Choi Wan St. Joseph's Primary School
Green Garden Powered by RE
A green garden powered by solar energy to provide electricity for an irrigation system for organic farming.
Northern Lamma School
Solar panels to power lighting system and computers in library and mosquito killing devices.
H.K.T.A. The Yuen Yuen Institute No.2 Secondary School
Environmental Intelligence System Powered by RE
A wind generator, a thermoelectric generator and solar panels to be installed to collect renewable energy.
ELCHK YL Lutheran Secondary School
Zero-carbon Rooftop Garden
120 micro turbines on rooftop of school to power electrical devices used in aeroponics.
TWGHs Mr & Mrs Kwong Sik Kwan College
Solar Pool and Organic Farming
Solar panels to power the water pump and waste water collection system in fish pond as well as rainfall collection system.
Ho Dao College (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen)
Sustainable Education Centre for the Elderly
To collect solar energy to power lighting system of an education centre to be used by students and elders in the district.
Hong Chi Pinehill No.2 School
Mobile Solar Kitchen
A tuck shop to be powered by solar energy where students will attend cooking lessons and learn about low carbon lifestyle.
A group picture at the award presentation ceremony.
Managing Director, Mr. Tso Kai-sum, believes RE installations sponsored by the Fund will be an effective teaching aid in schools.
Hong Chi Pinehill No.2 School is the first special school to be awarded by HK Electric Clean Energy Fund. Students will take cooking lessons inside a mobile tuck shop powered by solar energy.
Students of Ho Dao College use a drama to introduce their plan to set up a solar-powered sustainable education centre which will also benefit elderly in the local community.
Northern Lamma School is to build a solar classroom with the Fund and students, in their presentation at the ceremony, liken the planning of the project as cooking a good meal.
Students from CCC Kei Wai Primary School (Ma Wan) introduce their RE project which harnesses solar and wind power.
Director of Engineering (Planning and Development), Mr. Wan Chi-tin (left), and Mr. Ken So of The Conservancy Association present a cheque to representatives of Christian Alliance SY Yeh Memorial Primary School.
Director of Operations, Mr.Yuen Sui-see (left), and Dr. Man Chi-sum of Green Power picture with representatives from SKH Chi Fu Chi Nam Primary School.
A specially designed 2011 calendar highlights the achievements of schools awarded with HK Electric Clean Energy Fund in the past year.