Renewables energy enters into school in nine different counties in Romania, thanks to an investment by the Romanian branch of Czech utility company CEZ Group: 145,000 euro to install photovoltaic (PV) systems at nine high schools, as part of the Generatia Viitorului (Generation of the Future) initiative.
Approximately 3,000 students and teachers and future generations will benefit from CEZ green energy investment in the counties of Arges, Dolj, Gorj, Mehedinti, Olt, Valcea, Teleorman, Caras-Severin and Constanta. Every project is worth 15,000 euro and the power plants will pass into direct administration and into the patrimony of the beneficiary mayor’s office or high school.
An additional benefit is that CEZ specialists will hold interactive courses on green energy and energy efficiency for the students.
“One of the main directions we have focused on in recent years has been education,” said Ondrej Safar, CEO of CEZ Romania. “In these moments, when uncertainty predominates, we remain visionaries and we think to act carefully for the future, wherever this future will find us.”
Every institution will get a PV plant made up of 54 panels, each with 285 watts (W). The estimated surface that will be occupied by the 15 kilowatts-peak (kWp) PV kit is approximately 100 square metres placed on the roof of the high schools.
One of the high school directors, Elixia Baicusi Director of the Car Transport High School from Drobeta-Turnu Severin explained that they are very thankful to CEZ for including them in the project.
“We appreciate the interest in increasing energy efficiency and environmental protection by promoting equipping our school with photovoltaic panels,” she said. “This project brings added value both for the professional and personal development of the students, considering that these unconventional energy sources represent the Green Future of the current generation.”
Students are also involved more directly as they were challenged to become content creators through the GrEEnfluencer contest. All they have to do is promote one action in their lives with an eco-friendly twist. The best ideas will be awarded and published on CEZ Romania’s official Tik Tok page.
“The best way to learn about green energy is to interact with technology that produces green energy,” said Ovidiu Ana, Development Director of the Progress Foundation, a partner NGO in the project. “Children can have different motivations to pursue a job as electricians, but if they see photovoltaic panels appearing at their schools, they will clearly ask themselves a series of questions.”