Cheap water thanks to solar energy
The Hai Vocational Training Center (HVTC) is located in the Kilimanjaro region in the far northeast of Tanzania. The vocational and craft school trains around 230 men and women in seven crafts up to the level of the German journeyman’s examination. The school draws its water from a depth of 100 metres. For this purpose, the school has so far used a conventional pump, the energy costs of which are a burden on the school’s limited budget.
By installing a solar-powered pump, the school can solve several challenges. On the one hand, the pump reduces electricity costs and minimises CO2 pollution, too. On the other hand, the HVTC trains photovoltaic technicians. Thus, the application supports the training, because the trainees learn about the practical use of the technology as well.
The Hai Vocational Training Center belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. The Tanzanian deanery has been cooperating closely with the German deanery Rothenburg ob der Tauber for more than 30 years. This continuity also characterizes the school. Since 1994 young men and women have been trained as tailors, electricians, carpenters, bricklayers and locksmiths
Pump, solar panels and accessories are supplied by a company specialised in energy solutions. Their technicians installed the system. During the hours of sunshine, the solar pump fills the high tank of the school and thus enables water supply at night as well. The electricians of the crafts school regularly check the system and clean the panels. In this way, the 230 vocational students and the entire facility have long-term access to water.