In its efforts at ensuring students get constant and unhindered access to research materials and academic activities goes on unhampered due to erratic electricity supply, the African Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) has acquired and installed a 200KVA capacity generating plant alongside solar panels to guarantee uninterrupted power supply at the Centre.
While inspecting the installation of the generating plant and fitting of the solar panels at the Centre, ACETEL Centre director Prof. Grace Jokthan said the move is at ensuring the learning environment is conducive to both students and academic staff to deliver in the open and distance learning platform.
A 200KVA power plant procured by ACETEL for constant power supply.
“You can’t talk about Open and Distance Learning (ODL) without a sustainable power supply. You can’t also learn from a distance when your learning platform is down or you cannot access your laboratory because of the absence of electricity. So it became highly necessary considering our peculiarities of constant power outage, that the Centre seek for alternative power supply to sustain the student’s tempo at learning, so as to be able to access all they needed at the right time.
“To ensure this is achievable, the Centre bought a 200KVA generating plant with the capacity of carrying all the equipment and facilities at the Centre. This also means the students can access the virtual laboratory 24hrs a day which is a critical research component to the Centre”.
Prof. Jokthan added that to support the generating plant as a backup plan, considering the cost of maintenance, servicing and purchase of diesel, the Centre found the need to augment the power plant with some solar panels. According to her, the panels will pick up should the need arise.
Fitted solar panels at ACETEL
“Just to support the generating plant, particularly when one considers the price of diesel and the cost of maintenance, there was the need to have a backup solar. The solar will be able to augment what the generator may not be able to do due to the cost of maintenance or diesel.
“Again, if there was the need for us to put off the plant at some point, the solar is expected to pick up from there and guarantee power supply for everyone to be able to discharge their responsibilities in the office.
“We are quite proud and happy the world Bank supported us” Jokthan said in the provision of these facilities which will enable faculties and students constant access to all the learning platforms and laboratories at ACETEL.