Russell School - 12 kW
Russell township, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. It is situated in the Bay of Islands, in the far north of the North Island. Russell School is the oldest school in New Zealand with the start of schooling in Russell dating back to 1839. Russell School is blending its historical roots with an impressive 48 solar panel (12 kilowatt capacity) photovoltaic array. The beautiful school building that is there today was built in 1893. In 1956 the building was turned around so that the sun came into the classrooms more which makes it the perfect school roof for solar panels. The roof angle is an ideal 40 degrees and it is facing north.
Russell School caters for students from Year 1 to Year 8 and is a focal point in the community. History and tradition are important in the school. The school benefits from high levels of support from both school families and the wider community. The community raised the extra funds to ensure the school had a bigger solar array to supplement the free solar panels which are part of the Schoolgen package which means the solar panels cover all of the ideal roof space.