A team of seven volunteers from the Auckland Students EWBNZ Chapter travelled to the Kingdom Of Tonga to install a solar powered groundwater pumping system for Tonga College. The main goal of the project was to reduce the financial burden associated with the provision of water for the school’s students and staff. EWBNZ also hoped that the solar water pumping system will serve as an exemplar for local communities in Tonga encouraging them to switch to renewable energy sources such as solar to meet their energy needs.
One year after the system had been installed, EWBNZ revisted the project to find out whether the solar installation was fulfilling its purpose of reducing the financial burden on Tonga College on the provision of water. Other goals included the establishment of a sinking fund as well as providing recommendations for sustainable operation; these goals aim to ensure sustainability of the system in the future.