Solar Batteries Project
The Seminary operates its own power plant on the campus using a 40kw diesel generator inverter system that powers a large battery bank. In 2016, we installed 135 solar panels that generates up to 30 kilowatts of electricity in Haiti’s frequent sunshine. The solar panels have reduced the generator operation from 16 hours per day to 6, saving the school more than $20,000 each year on diesel fuel costs.
The batteries currently in use were installed in 2011 to receive power from our diesel generators. During this time, they have received a great deal of heavy use. They are now showing a serious decline in their storage capacity. It is time to replace these aging batteries with new technology engineered to last far longer.
This project is for 24 new Trojan IND23-4v batteries that have a 17-year life span, replacing the current Trojan IND29 10-year life batteries. One new battery costs $1618.50 apiece making the total project cost $38,844. This price includes processing fees and shipping to our Haiti campus.
Our target date for completion and installation is May 2018. This will give our maintenance director a month to have the new battery configuration fine-tuned before his schedule changes in June.