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NZ college to bring solar energy to Latuan village on Tanna

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New Zealand Nelson College Prep students showed their Solar Buddy projects, which will be used for lighting up the village of Latuan on Tanna Island in Vanuatu.

SolarBuddy is an Australian-registered charity whose mission is to provide safe and effective solar energy to communities who suffer from the limiting effects of energy poverty, reports Nelson Mail.

As part of its Buddy2Buddy schools programme, the prep students were given the opportunity to build a SolarBuddy light before sending that light to a child in need.

The lights provided one hour of illumination for every hour of solar energy charged.

Due to the after-effects of Cyclone Pam and a lack of Government funding, Latuan has found itself with no electricity.

Head teacher Richard Nott said the project was part of an in-class topic on renewable energy and future fuels.

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