Holy Cross Education Foundation

It is the mission of Holy Cross Education Foundation to provide funding and administrative assistance to schools that strive to provide the highest quality primary education to children in disadvantage areas. We seek to effectively help prepare students for the challenges of life in the 21st century - spiritually, mentally, morally, emotionally and physically by providing a state-of-the-art educational environment.
Apr 15, 2013

Solar Phase 2 well underway!!

Applying white reflective coat paint (1)
Applying white reflective coat paint (1)

Our most recent site visit to Holy Cross Anglican School was completed a week ago. During that visit, Board Member John McHenry and volunteers including two from Baker Renewable Energy surveyed the school for location and upgrades needed to support the second 24-panel solar array. It was determined that the array can most efficiently be positioned on a flat surface (to be constructed) near the middle of the two interconnected rooves on the lower main portion of the building. Further, an upgrade to the meter on that building will be needed to support bi-directional power flow when the array is installed. The volunteers also completed applying 8 buckets of white reflective coat paint on previously rust-colored corrugated sheet metal roofing... this will enable interior classroom cooling of up to 5-8 degrees which will improve the educational environment for many teachers and students -- since none of the classrooms are air conditioned. Our fund-raising for Phase 2 is going well -- with much thanks to our phenomenal supporters. Know that we could not do this without you. But we still need approximately $14K to complete Phase 2. Our target dates for Phase 2 are as follows: (1) complete all fund-raising for Phase 2 solar by July 1, 2013; (2) formally sign the contract with Baker Renewable Energy over the summer; (3) procure all solar panels and peripheral equipment in the fall; including upgrade of meter and materials for the array platform; (4) ship materials near the end of the year; (5) take delivery of the materials in Belize City in January or February of 2014; (6) complete solar panel installation and checkout in March or April of 2014. I have attached a few pictures of our latest site visit. Again, thank you so much for contributing to this worthwhile project!

Applying white reflective coat paint (3)
Applying white reflective coat paint (3)
Baker Renewable donating time at HCAS: THANKS guys
Baker Renewable donating time at HCAS: THANKS guys
Dec 11, 2012

Provide Electricity to 500 students in Belize(8)

Progress in fund-raising for our second solar array has kicked off to benefit the students that attend Holy Cross Anglican primary school in San Mateo, Belize. Even though it is located on a "tourist' island, San Mateo is one of the poorest communities in all of Belize, with lack of clean water, sanitary sewage, and reliable electricity contributing along with sub-standard housing and incomplete roads. Families not only lack access to basic living necessities, they lack the resources needed to provide adequate nutrition and medical/dental care to their children.

In the meantime, our current 24-panel 5kW array continues to provide savings equivalent of about $3000USD per year, or about $250USD a month -- money that is being used to support our feeding program. The feeding program involves serving the equivalent of two nutritious meals a day to students that would otherwise not have access to the nutrition needed to grow and thrive.

Our second array will be located atop the primary school building and will enable both the school office itself (which is not affected by the current array) and the school cafeteria, kitchen, classrooms, and associated appliances to benefit from renewable energy.When installed, this would enable a nearly 30% offset in total school annual power bills including both meters, for an annual savings of about $6,000USD.

The Phase 2 array can be fully funded for about $28,800 ($33,120 including GG 15% re-coup) including purchase of 24 210W panels and associated hardware, shipping/customs, labor, bi-directional meter costs/installation, and ancillary or unanticipated expenses. This amounts to $1200 ($1380) per panel. Our base-line donation level is $28,855 raised during Phase 1; as of this report we have raised $3610 toward our Phase 2 goal, which is a good start!

Our next site visit will be in late March/early April of 2013. At that time project leaders including engineers from Baker Renewable Energy -- our solar panel contractor -- will conduct a review of Phase 2 project plans including proposed location and integration aspects with the Phase 1 solar array.

Sep 13, 2012

Provide Electricity to 500 students in Belize

Planned location: Phase 2 solar array (at right)
Planned location: Phase 2 solar array (at right)

As noted in the previous report(6), surveys of power bills from Belize Energy and Light (BEL), plus discussions with local staff, revealed that on average the array is making an approximately 30% difference (reduction) in monthly billing costs against the meter that measures usage from the Computer Learning lab and composting toilet facility. Since that report, additional surveys have been conducted during a site visit in late June, 2012.  At that time we confirmed that BEL followed through on their agreement to install a bi-directional meter, such that at least some offset is occurring when our current array feeds power back to the Belize grid.

Further confirmation on savings was obtained with direct comparison of two 8-month periods from 2011 (with no array), and from 2012 (with the Phase 1 array turned on). The 30% reduction in monthly billing costs was confirmed, amounting to an extrapolated annual savings of about $3000USD, including the effect of the white reflective coat paint applied to the roof underneath the array as part of the funded Phase 1 project.

Discussions with local officials in Belize also indicate a very favorable opinion of the project at the present time, with an expressed desire to explore expansion to other schools. While we intend to pursue this, our survey indicates a strong need for a second 5KW array at Holy Cross. This second array will be located atop the primary school building and will enable both the school office itself (which is not affected by the current array) and the school cafeteria, kitchen, classrooms, and associated appliances to benefit from renewable energy. It will be connected to the grid through a second bi-directional meter to replace the current one-way meter shown below. When installed, this would enable a nearly 30% offset in total school annual power bills including both meters, for an annual savings of about $6,000USD. These funds can then be re-couped for use in the feeding program and/or improved facilities. Over the expected 25-year lifetime of the array, the school will save ~$150,000 in power bills. Each array's payoff period is expected to be approximately 10-years out of the 25-year lifetime.

The Phase 2 array can be fully funded for about $28,800 ($33,120 including GG 15% re-coup) including purchase of 24 210W panels and associated hardware, shipping/customs, labor, bi-directional meter costs/installation, and ancillary or unanticipated expenses. This amounts to $1200 ($1380) per panel. We hope to complete our fund-raising for this Phase 2 effort by December 31, 2012. Along the way, we intend to take advantage of the GG 30% bonus match day planned for October 17. Here are some details:

On October 17, GlobalGiving will be matching donations made through www.globalgiving.org at 30% up to $1,000 per donor. GG has $50,000 available in matching funds. Matching will last until funds run out or until 11:59 pm. Here is a blog-post from GG's last 30% matching day in March: http://tools.blog.globalgiving.org/2012/02/24/go-all-out-for-the-1st-bonus-day-of-2012-on-march-14th/. Included in the post are specific terms and conditions.

For example, if 200 donors were each to give $115 on October 17th (before matching funds run out), we could raise a total of $26,000 after the GG 15% re-coup. This would almost fund the entire project. Let's get motivated!!

Our base-line donation level is $28,855 raised during Phase 1. Going forward, all donations will now be accredited to Phase 2!

Please consider donating toward this very worthy second phase of the project!!

Phase 2 array location (from below)
Phase 2 array location (from below)
Bi-directional meter installed for first array
Bi-directional meter installed for first array
Current one-way meter to be replaced in Phase 2
Current one-way meter to be replaced in Phase 2
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