Vivant Foundation energizes off-grid school of Bantayan, Cebu

More than 730 students at Hilotongan Integrated School (HIS) will finally get to use and learn from computers that have been sitting idle in one of their classrooms for some time.

HIS has been energized with the help of Vivant Foundation, which installed a 50-kWp (kilowatt peak) solar power system to improve learning conditions for the school’s 734 elementary and high school students.

“At Vivant, we pay attention to the current and future needs of our communities. Students at the Hilotongan Integrated School have not been able to take advantage of the computers allotted to them, which puts them at a disadvantage compared to students in urban areas,” Vivant Foundation Executive Director Shem Garcia said. “We aim to help schoolchildren in off-grid schools like Hilotongan acquire the knowledge they need to adapt to the future so that they can help their families and their communities.”

The 50-kWp solar rooftop PV panel installed at HIS powers the two computer CPUs and 46 monitors of the high school computer lab and the six computers at the grade school computer room, as well as the air-conditioning for both. It also powers the sound system in the school and the perimeter lights to keep the campus secure at night.

Vivant also upgraded the electrical wiring system in the school and donated LED light bulbs and electric fans to make the 20 classrooms at HIS conducive for learning. The solar power system includes inverters and batteries that ensure that lighting and appliances continue to function even when there’s cloud cover and that perimeter lights remain on at night.

HIS was chosen as pilot beneficiary for the off-grid electrification component of Vivant’s Project Liadlaw because it has the biggest student population among un-energized islet schools in Cebu Province.

Project Liadlaw also includes integrating solar power into the Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) tech-voc curriculum of Bantayan National Senior High School (BNSHS). BNSHS is the first senior high school in the country to offer EIM-Solar.

“The maintenance of the HIS solar PV system will be part of the on-the-job training of BNSHS EIM students, preparing them for a growing sector in the country's energy market," Garcia said.

Vivant Foundation worked with the Department of Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to develop a solar power installation and maintenance module that was integrated into the EIM track at BNSHS.  To enable the teachers to effectively teach solar power installation and maintenance, Vivant organized a TESDA-certified training for EIM instructors of BNSHS and Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School, which also received tech-voc teaching equipment and tools from the foundation.

TURNOVER. Vivant Foundation, led by Executive Director Shem Garcia (fifth from right), turns over a 50-kilowatt peak solar power system to the Hilotongan Integrated School, represented by head teacher Nelita Cervantes (sixth from right), during a ceremony last Aug. 10, 2018. The event was witnessed by officials of the Department of Education and the Bantayan Municipal Government.

EMPOWERING GENERATION NEXT. By providing ample solar energy to the Hilotongan Integrated School (HIS) in Bantayan, Cebu, Vivant Foundation enables the next generation to adapt and thrive in the future. The 50-kilowatt peak solar power system at HIS powers the more than 50 computers, which were never used before because the school did not have enough power supply.

TURNOVER. Vivant Foundation, led by Executive Director Shem Garcia, turns over a 50-kilowatt peak solar power system to the Hilotongan Integrated School, represented by head teacher Nelita Cervantes, during a ceremony last Aug. 10, 2018. The event was witnessed by officials of the Department of Education and the Bantayan Municipal Government.

EMPOWERING GENERATION NEXT. By providing ample solar energy to the Hilotongan Integrated School (HIS) in Bantayan, Cebu, Vivant Foundation enables the next generation to adapt and thrive in the future. The 50-kilowatt peak solar power system at HIS powers the more than 50 computers, which were never used before because the school did not have enough power supply.