Thanks to you, our generous donors, all components have been procured and are awaiting shipping from the on-site warehouse at Baker Renewable Energy (BRE) in Raleigh, North Carolina. The attached pdf contains the donation letter and bill of lading, which has been provided to Belizean government authorities to obtain a Duty Exemption letter. We are hopeful that the letter will be finalized and delivered to the appropriate customs officials within the next 1-3 weeks. In any event, we plan to ship the system to Belize City and then via barge to Holy Cross Anglican School departing Raleigh no later than about February 15th. Should the Duty Exemption letter still be "in process" at that point, we will contact additional supporters within the Belizean government to ensure that the donation is properly credited as a donation by Belizean customs. Our plan is for the equipment to arrive on site at HCAS in early March --- and -- allowing for some date slippage -- to send our first team of installers around April 1st. BRE is making a substantial in-kind contribution to help with the technical expertise needed to install this Phase 2 system, and we are most deeply grateful for their commitment. I will plan to update you further once the equipment has been shipped and Duty Exemption letter obtained. With most sincere thanks to all from John and the Board of Holy Cross Education Foundation -- and the children and staff of Holy Cross Anglican School.
As noted in our last project report dated about the 15th of July 2013, we were in need of approximately $4K in additional funds to fully complete our Phase 2 fund-raising. I am thrilled to report that those funds have now been raised through our generous supporters here at GG. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, as do the children and staff of Holy Cross Anglican school. Any further funds raised at this time will go towards unforeseen expenses that might arise during the shipping and installation stages of the project. With respect to schedule, we have met with our partners at Baker Renewable Energy (BRE). They are prepared to ship the system with just a couple of weeks notice once our Board determines shipping specifics. BRE is preparing a complete bill of lading to accompany the shipping. Since this system is a donation to Belizean schools, the full list of parts and supplies will also be provided to the appropriate officials in Belizean customs in order to waive import fees. Tentatively, we are planning on shipping around the first of the year, with a final system installation and site-acceptance test to be performed around the first of April. Since we haven't made any additional site visits at this time, I don't have any new pictures to add, but will next time! Thanks to one and all for helping us complete our fund-raising for our second 5KW solar array to be installed in the spring of 2014!
As noted in our last project report dated about the 15th of April 2013, we still needed approximately $14K to complete Phase 2. Our target dates were 1) to complete all fund-raising for Phase 2 by July 1, 2013; (2) formally sign the procurement contract with Baker Renewable Energy over the summer; and (3) initiate a the procurement, shipping, and installation of the second 5KW array with an expected completion date of March or April of 2014. I am thrilled to report significant progress since that time. First, an external grant was successful and resulted in an award of $9000.00 toward the overall budget, and a second $1000 gift was also received externally. These additional funds were sufficient to allow the HCEF board to proceed to finalize and sign the contract with BRE for Phase 2.BRE has also stepped up to the plate by keeping costs low --- providing up to a $10K like-kind donation for travel, installation, and other ancillary expenses. Thank you Baker Renewable Energy: http://bakerrenewable.com. Formal signing took place on July 9th. As a result, I have reduced the amount needed through our GG partnership by $10,000 -- this will be reflected as of July 20: overall, this means that we now need approximately $4000 to complete all fund raising for Phase 2. We are nearing the finish line in terms of raising funds for this phase.
In addition to this good news, the Board met in late June as part of the school graduation. HCAS graduated 37 8th grade (Standard VI) students this year, all of whom passed the Belizean national high-school qualifying exam. This achievement ranked us second among the 25 or so Anglican primary schools in the nation in terms of academic achievement. Way to go teachers, students, and staff!! Due to continued need for additional classroom space near San Mateo, we have been asked by the local town officials to consider starting a high-school, and this is under consideration by the Board. I have attached a few graduation and Board meeting pictures associated with this year's activities. Again thank you so much for your continued interest and support!!
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!
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.
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