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St. Joseph’s College, Colombo Goes Green by Switching to Solar Power

The 60kw solar electricity system was handed over to the College Rector Rev Father Travis Gabriel by Rohita Tilakaratna, President of the Wattala - Ja Ela branch of the School’s Old Boy’s Union (OBU). Also in the picture are Kushan Jayasuriya, Dhammika Perera and Rev. Father Sham Dassanayaka.
The 60kw solar electricity system was handed over to the College Rector Rev Father Travis Gabriel by Rohita Tilakaratna, President of the Wattala - Ja Ela branch of the School’s Old Boy’s Union (OBU). Also in the picture are Kushan Jayasuriya, Dhammika Pe

SolarTherm, recently installed a roof-mounted solar electricity system with a capacity of 60kw at St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 10. Installed in the school’s swimming pool complex, the unit would be the first phase of the College’s new journey towards environmental sustainability.

The unit was handed over to College Rector Rev. Father Travis Gabriel by Rohita Tilakaratna, President of the Wattala-Ja Ela branch of the school’s Old Boy’s Union (OBU).

The installation of the 60kw capacity solar electricity system is a continuation of the good work carried out by SolarTherm, in altering the direction of electricity consumption and environmental sustainability in schools across Sri Lanka. Prior to the installation at St. Joseph’s College, SolarTherm had also been involved in supplying solar electricity to other schools including Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya, Ladies’ College, Colombo 07, Royal International School, Kurunegala and Mahinda College, Galle. In addition, SolarTherm has also supplied and installed 10kw capacity units to Wevita Maithree Maha Vidyalaya in Bandaragama, Alubomulla Maha Vidyalaya in Panadura and Uduwara Primary School in Uduwara, under the Soorya Bala Sangramaya, the initiative carried out by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Sri Lanka.

“The installation of this solar electricity system would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 5 - 6 metric tonnes a month. As a company, we are happy to have been involved in St. Joseph’s College goal towards fulfilling its environmental responsibilities and ensuring a sustainable future,” said Kushan Jayasuriya, Director of Projects of SolarTherm at Alpha Solar Energy Systems.

St. Joseph’s College currently accrues an electricity bill of approximately Rs. 700,000. Through the installation of the 60kw capacity solar electricity system, the school would offset 25% of their monthly bill.

“Our selection of wanting to work with SolarTherm was a very transparent one. We have witnessed the work that has been carried out by this company and the reputation it has built for itself by being a pioneer in the industry, while the expertise they have accumulated over the years. SolarTherm has some of the most advanced technology available in Sri Lanka and has also worked with other schools previously, which made the process easier for us as well. We hope the school’s goal towards attaining environmental sustainability and responsible electricity consumption, would continue to be supported by other branches of the OBA,” said Rohita Tilakaratna, President of the Wattala - Ja Ela branch of the school’s Old Boy’s Union.

 


 

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