The International French School (Singapore) has installed 1,180 solar panels on multiple buildings across its campus. The new solar panels are expected to generate over 900 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean electricity annually. This renewable energy will be used for the school’s operations.
In harnessing the sun’s power, IFS aims to produce the same amount of clean electricity annually as the average consumption of around 200 households in Singapore. This, they say, will result in an expected reduction of 350 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The shift to clean electricity represents a significant stride towards embracing renewable energy and reducing their carbon footprint.
Clever renewable energy collaboration
The installation is being carried out in partnership with TotalEnergies ENEOS Renewables Distributed Generation Asia. This is a joint venture between TotalEnergies and ENEOS. The company has extensive experience in developing and implementing renewable energy projects across Asia, such as onsite B2B solar-distributed generation.
They are both excited about the potential of their partnership, and the ability to shape a brighter and greener future for the school community and beyond.
The first ambitious 0.7 megawattpeak (MWp) is said to signify the school’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Further, it acts as a powerful example for educational institutions worldwide.
Jean-Marc Deromedi, former President of the School Board at the International French School, says, “This installation of solar panels showcases our commitment to sustainability. It also provides our students with a tangible example of how renewable energy can positively impact our world. We’re excited to educate and inspire them about the importance of clean energy and its role in building a sustainable future.”
Benefits for students – STEM learning opportunity
IFS says that the project presents a valuable STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning opportunity for its students. They will learn about renewable energy, sustainability and climate change in a practical and engaging way. For example, it will demonstrate the potential of renewable energy sources to provide a sustainable and reliable alternative to traditional fossil fuels. It will also help to inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators in the field of clean energy.
Students will learn about the technology and equipment used in the solar panel system. This will cover how the panels work, how the energy is stored, and how energy is converted into usable electricity. This knowledge can be applied to a wide range of academic disciplines, including STEM learning.
According to Principal David Binan, the project aligns with the school’s mission to create a sustainable learning environment that nurtures the next generation of global citizens: “Integrating sustainability and clean energy concepts into our curriculum empowers our students to become environmentally conscious leaders who will shape a brighter future for all.”
International French School is at 3000 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.
6805 0000 | ifs.edu.sg
This article on the International French School in Singapore first appeared in the February 2024 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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