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Nissan provides South African school with sustainable energy

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Nissan is supporting a South African boarding school near Pretoria by installing a sustainable energy system that leverages the power of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

As part of its commitment to furthering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Nissan has been working with Filadelfia School to improve its access to reliable electricity and increase use of renewable energy. While the national grid provides energy access to 85% of the population, capacity and connection constraints in South Africa mean the school regularly experiences unscheduled energy blackouts. 
As a boarding school attended exclusively by over 400 disabled students aged between 14-21, Filadelfia School is particularly sensitive to such disruptive events. Using a combination of second-life batteries from Nissan LEAF vehicles and solar panels, the school now has a sustainable energy system that helps mitigate the impact of electricity shortages on the school community.
“We have several energy outages a month, usually for a few hours, but sometimes for a full day,” said Filadelfia School principal Mr. Derrick Peete. “Daily operations – like using PCs, brail printing for our visually impaired students, or simply cooking – become troublesome in the face of energy blackouts. So reliable access to electricity is vital to us.”
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