In an Australian first, Amity College is using a Hivve Technology clean energy system to fully power its entire Shellharbour campus. This significant milestone means that for the first time, schools can become energy self-sufficient with cost effective and reliable clean power, delivering significant economic, environmental, and learning benefits.
In 2018 Amity began construction of a new high school and was confronted with the need for an expensive grid connection upgrade in order to power the new buildings. Seeking an alternative, Amity approached Hivve looking for a reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable solution.
Using data obtained from a smaller Hivve system operating at the school, Hivve worked with Amity to design a larger system capable of powering the whole campus.
The new high school was completed and successfully commissioned for the start of Term 3 2019 and includes a Hivve Technology 75kW solar PV system integrated with 128kWh of battery storage. This system generates more than enough energy for the whole school during the day and the intelligent battery storage banks surplus solar electricity for use out of school hours and overnight.
David Wrench, Executive Director at Hivve Technology said, “Hivve is about transforming education by thinking big and thinking differently—combining the best renewable energy solutions with technology that also improves the indoor learning environment.”
Hivves’ unique technology – Hivve iQ – monitors each classroom and directs solar energy to where it’s needed to maximise energy efficiency and minimise waste. Individual classrooms are also continually monitored to ensure an optimal and healthy environment is maintained which the latest research shows is critical in improving learning outcomes.
Recep Aydogan, Amity College Director of Finance & Projects said, “We knew how reliable our initial Hivve system was, and so we’re delighted with the Hivve renewable power solution for the entire campus. Not only are we saving money on energy bills, we also avoided having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade our grid power supply.”