Multi-club power play: Needham Teams Up with Framingham, Newton, Waltham and Watertown on Solar-Power Project

The Rotary Clubs of Needham, Framingham, Newton, Waltham and Watertown have partnered to fund a $6,000 solar-power project (shown, left) for Film Nagar High School in Hyerabad, India. The host club there is the Rotary Club of Jubilee Hills, in District 3150.
Needham paid $3,000 of the $6,000 - $1,500 of which should come back as District Grant match. Watertown, Waltham, Newton and Framingham paid $500 each.
Shown, left: Two of the three banks of photovoltaic panels at Film Nagar High School
It truly is our honor and pleasure to work with these fantastic Rotarians to provide electric power for thousands of students to this ‘government ‘ school for over 25 years,” states Ted Shaughnessy, president of Needham Rotary. “We hope to do more Rotary grants with them. We loved having four other District 7910 clubs join us, too.”
Shown, left to right: Raghava Rao, past president of Jubilee Hills Rotary, and Sanjay Deshpande, chair of our District Foundation Committee, posing with the project’s commemoration sign
The installation of the photovoltaic system was completed in November. In the first billing period after installation and grid connection, the PV system reduced the power bill by more than 80 percent. In the next two billing periods, the PV system was expected to reduce the power bill to zero. During the summer months, the bill will see a reduction of 70 to 80 percent.
The host club, Jubilee Hills Rotary, “has managed the project in an outstanding manner and has very admirably supported earlier projects at the same school.” Ted reports. “This is a good foundation for a future Global Grant project covering multiple schools.”
Shown, right: District 3150 Governor Anne Ratna Prabhakar (middle), his wife, Siva Ratna Prabhakar (left), and Jubilee Hills President Usha Rani (right)
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