Sylvie Lloyd, Freya High and Grier Rollinson are all part of Nelson College for Girl’s EnviroSchool’s programme and are excited about their new solar power source. Photo: Charles Anderson.

Future bright at Nelson College for Girls


Something is different about one of the rooves at Nelson College for Girls.

As of Monday, it is running 16 solar panels – helping power the school through the day with 24.2kw of electricity.

“It’s generating the same power as what three households would use every day,” says school property manager Mike Cameron.

Jennifer Thomas, who runs the college’s EnviroSchools programme, says it is a project a while in the making but only recently became feasible after one of its teachers, Sarah John, won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

That helped off-set the cost of the $50,000 project, which will also include a weather station.

“We wanted to go solar powered and this gave us the opportunity,” says Jennifer.

It will help Nelson College for Girls’ mission to become the first secondary school in the region to become a gold EnviroSchool.

The school also took the lead on last year’s climate strikes, which saw thousands of students descend on the Church Steps to demand action on climate change.

Programme member Sylvie Lloyd, 14, says that they are all passionate about the environment and helping the planet.

“We are all young people and for us to start now we have our whole lives ahead of us to try and create change. It is our future. “