Who, What & Where

  • Company: Mazowe High School
  • Installed by: Sunchoice Energy
  • Powered by: Samansco
  • Location: Zimbabwe
  • Project Date: 7 May 2020
  • Application: Education – Power for eLearning Agriculture/Clean water
  • Customer Type: Government
  • Phocos Product: Any-Grid PSW-H Hybrid Inverter
  • Quantity: 3 units (2 separate locations on campus)

The Challenge

The existing utility grid available to the secondary school provided intermittent power which created problems and frustrations for administrators, teachers, students, and their families. Basic teaching, learning, and campus day to day function and upkeep were negatively impacted when the utility power was not available.

The school set goals to improve conditions

  • Secure and stabilise the school’s power independence
  • Promote eLearning for the students Increase test scores, grades, and general learning opportunities for students
  • Be 100% independent for campus water requirements to solve existing unreliable and clean water access challenges
  • Sustain itself by doing agricultural project irrigation and obtain clean water from a borehole.

Renewable Solution

The installer designed the school’s new solar system with the feature rich, Phocos Hybrid Any-Grid Inverter (PSW-H), to work in combination with the unreliable utility grid so the school could have consistent, stable power and focus their attention on the student’s success. The utility grid will supplement the school’s power to help reduce electric bills when there is no solar input. The expected electrical savings will be 45%, which creates a return on investment (ROI) of 3 years and 4 months.

  • Current installation: 10 kW system for the admin and staff meeting room and common spaces, and a 5 kW system for the classroom blocks. The school can support students to attend night classes or study at night with consistent power, and now do electronic data capturing instead of traditional paperwork.
  • Future Installation 10 kW: The dining room, classrooms, and dormitory for students will have the same approach of a solar, grid, battery combination with a Phocos Any-Grid Hybrid Inverter (PSW-H) as the foundation, for smooth operation and stability.
  • The free PhocosLink Mobile App made set up and ongoing system management simple.
  • Phocos has built a partnership with the distributor and installer to supply a trusted solution using the PSW-H for multiple school projects to improve campuses for better student and staff conditions and learning opportunities

Project Outcome

The pass rate of the school and its students will significantly improve because the children can study/learn at night.

The project saves 45% on energy expenses and lets the customers realise a 3 year and 4 month ROI based on their electrical expenses.