The school is situated in Rumbek, Lakes State, in South Sudan. It is the world’s youngest nation that became independent in 2011 after a war with Northern Sudan.
Due to the ongoing civil war, started in 2013, many of the already insufficient educational infrastructures have been destroyed. There is a lack of schools, qualified teachers and materials.
In March 2018 the La Salle Brothers opened outside of Rumbek a Secondary School.
BBM delivered for the school a PV-system consisting of 110 solar panels of 300Wp, carefully mounted on special roof assembly with special Schletter roof mounting accessories supplied in the consignment. One of the classroom blocks nearest to the power house was selected as it was strong enough to carry the weight of the panels.
From left to right in the above picture, there is:
- Ac distributor box
- three SMA Sunny tripower STP12000TL-20 solar grid inverters 12kw
- Hisboxes for the surge protection boxes
The equipment is mounted in one of the offices, on a steel plate which is secured on the metal structures of the prefab building.
This consists of 9 AXI storage Lithium battery sets of 10Kw connected in parallel in a Dc combiner box mounted on the wall as close as possible to the SMA inverters.
The school system consists of three Sunny Island, 8Kw inverter/charger that provide sufficient power for two water pumps and to the school buildings i.e Class blocks, Dormitories and teachers quarters. The Monitoring is done by Powerdog and using a tablet mounted next to the inverter/chargers.
This consists of two Grundfos submersible SQE 7-40 water pumps installed in two different boreholes to the East and West of the power house. The pumps have their controllers CU300 installed inside the respective pump chambers. The pumps supply water to locally welded tanks that have their main supply to the school linked so that they are drained equally. The power supply is controlled by photocell which stops the pumps from draining the battery during night hours.