New Solar Benches for Students
Waverley has taken a small step towards a more sustainable future, with the installation of two new solar benches for students on the Senior campus. Each of the benches is equipped with solar panels that provide renewable energy for students to use while they study and socialise outdoors.
The units have built-in batteries allowing for the storage of power that can be used for events held at the College in the evening or when there is poor sunlight. A monitoring system allows us to see how much power we are generating, allowing students to visualise the benefits of solar. The benches were supplied by Furnicharge who specialise in these types of Australian-manufactured equipment.
These solar benches represent a part of the College’s sustainability efforts, as it encourages the use of renewable energy and reduces the carbon footprint of the campus. The benches are designed to withstand the elements, ensuring that it will last for many years.
In addition to providing a sustainable energy source, the solar bench is also equipped with USB charging ports, making it easy for students to charge their devices while ‘on the go’, along with four wireless charging points, and ideally located in an area where students gather before boarding buses home.
The benches are designed with comfortable seating and a sleek, modern aesthetic, turning what was a dead area of the campus into a spot for students to gather, and for teachers to use for outdoor learning opportunities.
This initiative is the first step to a wider program of sustainable projects which is being launched in conjunction with the student Ecology Group, and if successful, could see more of these installations across the campuses at the Senior and Junior Schools.