Last June, the NGO Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (For a Child’s Smile, PSE) installed a photovoltaic generator at its school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The aim? To allow the 2,200 children to study in better conditions and improve their knowledge of their environment. Four months after it began operating, we take a look out how the project is doing.

An ambitious project, part of a wider sustainability approach

The project has been a great success. The photovoltaic generator provides enough power to meet the school’s day-to-day needs and the NGO’s teams use modern technology to monitor the system’s performance in real time.

The installation demonstrates PSE’s commitment to sustainable development. The NGO has incorporated awareness of renewable energy and biodiversity into its educational approach. In all, around 2,200 youngsters and 650 adults have learnt about the sustainability approach through events such as Two Weeks for the Environment, Passion for Saving the Environment, talks, activities and training modules on environmental issues.

With the support of the ENGIE Foundation, the NGO has also acquired equipment such as batteries and inverters, which are used in students’ practical training at the PSE School of Building Trades. Among other things, they learn how solar panels work and how to install and maintain them.

Video produced by the PSE Institute’s School of Media in Phnom Penh.

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A photovoltaic generator for the For a Child’s Smile school in Phnom Penh