Established in 1955 and now one of the larger schools in the district, Pascoe Vale North Primary School provides education for over 400 students.
With a strong focus on sustainability, PVNPS were eager to reduce their carbon footprint and energy bills while improving the learning environment.
With over 400 light fittings throughout the school and operating hours that coincide with the sun, switching to solar energy and upgrading their light fittings to LED made perfect sense.
Cherry recommended a combination of T8 LED Tubes and 17W Recessed Downlights as well as LED Floodlights and LED Exit Lights to replace the school’s old fluorescent lights. The new LED lights will lead to a reduction in energy expenditure of 66% and have dramatically improved the learning environments for both staff and students.
Due to a large range of the Cherry LED lights being approved under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme, the school received government rebates of over $2,000 to help towards the cost of the upgrade. In addition, the school received over $1,500 from the City of Moreland’s Light$mart program.
PVNPS combined their LED upgrade with the installation of a 43.68kW solar system. Made up of 168 Renesola panels, Solis inverters and fixed to the roof with premium Clenergy mounting gear, the system will on average generate 52,307 kWh of energy and will lead to emissions reductions of 63,293 kg CO2.
PVNPS also installed our Cherry Pulse intelligent energy monitoring system across various circuits throughout the school and with a touch screen display int he foyer, staff and students can watch in real-time how the school is consuming energy – a perfect way to incorporate sustainability further into the curriculum.