St. Paul’s College has taken a big step forward in its commitment to providing an eco-friendly campus for its students as 26 solar panels, fitted to the rooftop of the South Wing, were put into operation on 12 June 2020.
A ceremony was held on the South Wing rooftop on the sunny afternoon of 12 June to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the College’s solar energy collaboration project with the solar developer, NEFIN (New Energy Financing and Consulting Limited).
The superbly fine weather was perfect for the occasion – with plenty of bright sunshine gracing the brand-new glazed solar arrays.
We were honoured to have representatives from NEFIN, including its co-founder, Mr. Eric Leung, and our alumni donors as our guests at the ceremony. Also in attendance were the Principal Mr. Dennis Yuen, Vice Principal Mr. Keith Wong, teachers and students. Hosting the ceremony were Yau Lok Hei, Erik (5D), Chairman of the Green Club, and Yeung Lok Hei, Steven (5E).
It is worth mentioning that this school-based solar energy project was made possible by the generous donations from our alumni – including several stalwart members of the SPC Alumni Choir. In appreciation of their contributions, two custom plaques were presented by the Principal respectively to the attending choir members and to the major alumnus donor, Mr. Choi Kim Lui Victor.
The 26 solar photovoltaic panels are projected to collectively produce 10,400 kWh of clean energy per year while simultaneously and significantly reducing our school’s carbon emissions by as many as 8,400 kg annually.
In connection with the solar energy project, it is envisaged that a wide range of student-driven programmes on green energy and solar panel design, alongside new initiatives involving mentorship and internships with our collaborators, could be organised.
While we look forward to the second phase of development in our solar energy project, it is our ultimate aim to train our students to become environmentally literate citizens with a commitment to sustainable development.