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South Africa's First Solar Powered Computer Lab?

I don't know how they researched it, but the Grocott's mail is calling our "solar powered computer lab"(*) a South African first, and it may very well be. As one adds up all the work we have put into this project, motivating the community for over a year, a careful selection of sub-contractors for some of the work, coordination of needs, interests and publicity, all required to launch the project successfully, I can guess why this has not been done before.

Some more facts about our solar computer lab:
( Since we are using laptops, which are locked away in a safe, there is an installation time. )
  • with the power cables and mice at their stations (as they usually are), it takes one person about 10 minute to take the 25 laptops out of the safe and attach them to their leashes.
  • to ready the classroom from scratch (i.e. power cables and mice are not at their stations) it takes about 30 minutes.
(*) By "solar powered computer lab", we mean a computer installation counting at least 20 computers and peripherals including but not restricted to printers, copiers and projectors, in a dedicated room powered solely by solar power.

Posted: August 18th 2008 03:48

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