Energy

St. Bahkita’s runs on a 15kW microgrid with power supplied by the government. This source of energy is unreliable as the school faces frequent blackouts (often 3x a week for 12+ hours). Because of these power outages, it is hard for the students to continue their studies late into the night or practice their computer skills even in broad daylight. A more reliable power system would also help increase productivity in farm work and other aspects.

St. Bahkita’s runs on a 15kW microgrid with power supplied by the government. This source of energy is unreliable as the school faces frequent blackouts (often 3x a week for 12+ hours). Because of these power outages, it is hard for the students to continue their studies late into the night or practice their computer skills even in broad daylight. A more reliable power system would also help increase productivity in farm work and other aspects.

Challenge


We are faced with engineering a more reliable power system to support St. Bahkita’s. Students’ education should not have to be paused due to an unreliable energy source. There are solar panels at St. Bahkita’s but these can be better utilized. Additionally, biogas digesters can be implemented to add an alternative energy source. Once the power system is designed, the challenge lies in St. Bahkita’s being able to maintain the system and make any necessary fixes.

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Goals


SBVTC can have power at the reliability of 95% or better

Use improved power to improve the capacity and productivity of the farm and related items.

Implement energy teaching into St. Bahkitas curriculum so the community is able to self sustain.

Current Steps


Gauging interest/feasibility of curriculum on energy

Analyzing current solar panel system to optimize for increased energy

Identifying energy needs from a biogas digester

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