About our project

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In recent years, a kind of silent revolution in solar energy has taken place around the world: In many regions across the globe, generating electricity with solar energy has become cheaper than producing electricity from traditional energy sources. This has led to more new solar power plants than fossil fuel power plants being built in the last 10 years. Russia also has many economic applications for solar energy; solar power generation is significantly cheaper than power generation with diesel generators, which are still widely used there. Solar energy is especially important for regions isolated from the power grids and for regions with poorly developed grid infrastructure. Such places can be found not only in technologically isolated areas of Siberia and the Far East, but also in the areas supplied by the central power grid in Russia. As a result, it is not only people in the far north have problems with electricity supply. Solar energy is seen as a good solution here and its competitiveness with traditional power generation technologies becomes more and more obvious.

But not all representatives of the young generation have an idea of what solar energy really is.

The “Solar Schools” Project gives pupils a unique opportunity to become a driver of progress, to make their contribution to modern technology and conservation, and to become part of the global movement for a clean future, green energy, and sustainable development. By studying at the schools participating in the “Solar Schools” Project, pupils and teachers become a real part of modern world history and the future of our planet. Within the framework of the "Solar Schools" project, the photovoltaic panels for electricity generation are installed on the roofs of the schools, the solar energy is stored with the help of modern battery systems and made usable for various applications in the school (lighting, charging smartphones, etc.). The sun is an inexhaustible source of energy and only a small proportion of the world's surface area would be sufficient to cover the world's entire electricity needs with photovoltaics - without any negative impact on the environment and, above all, accessible everywhere - from the South Pole to Schmidt Island!

The aim of the project is to familiarize pupils, teachers and parents with the concept of using renewable energy sources, using photovoltaics as an example. It is easy and affordable to show the young generation how modern technology can reliably generate energy and thus solve environmental problems. Schools with such sustainable development concepts and positive environmental impact combine the characteristics of schools of the future, where students are personally involved in the curriculum and process development.

The "Solar Schools" project includes a spectacular demonstration of the generation and subsequent use of solar energy. For this purpose, solar panels of up to 1 kilowatt, consisting of 2 to 4 solar panels, are to be installed on the roof of each school. Batteries are placed in the school and connected to the solar panels to store electricity from the sun. Power outlets are installed to use the energy. In addition, a solar inverter, a battery charge controller and a monitoring system are part of the equipment. The working principle of the whole system, the photovoltaic modules and the solar energy system in general are presented to the pupils in physics class. In small groups they can assemble various miniature models of solar power plants themselves. In German lessons, various educational films about solar energy and its benefits for society are presented.

The "Solar Schools" project is young. The idea to equip the school roof with a solar system came to the managing director of the German enterprise ideas into energy during a visit to the Renewable Energy Forum in Moscow in summer 2019. At the same time, the Goethe Institute as well as the first pilot school participant of the PASCH initiative, School №1502 in Moscow, the German solar company SOLAR23 and other partners from Germany, Switzerland and Russia joined the project. Already in September 2019, the solar modules and other components were loaded onto a truck in Germany and transported to School №1502 in Moscow. On October 2, 2019, the new solar system was completely installed on the roof of the school, was ceremoniously inaugurated and has since been generating electricity that every student can use at any time.

After the successful pilot project in Moscow the concept was transferred to six other Russian cities and regions and the project idea for this was transformed into a permanent cooperation between the non-profit sponsors ideas into energy and the initiative "Schools: Partners for the Future" (PASCH) of the Goethe Institute in Moscow, financially supported by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. The project is supported by the companies eclareon and SOLAR23 from Germany as well as by the two solar energy trade associations “Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft” from Germany and the Russian section of EUROSOLAR from Moscow. The installation of the solar power systems in the regions was carried out by various installers who specialize in the design and construction of solar power systems.

The "Solar Schools" project has already reached seven regions and cities in Russia to date: these include the two cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the Krasnodar region (city of Krasnodar), the Republic of Bashkortostan (city of Ufa), the Kaliningrad oblast (city of Kaliningrad), the Ulyanovsk oblast (city of Ulyanovsk) and the Samara oblast (city of Samara). Seven schools received a solar system installed free of charge; free teaching materials on solar energy for school lessons was also provided. The Physics and German teachers will also receive further training, in Moscow, from experts in solar energy, to integrate the installed solar system into lessons in the best possible way and to be able to educate pupils in all the important issues of solar energy use.