Q CELLS donates solar modules to Colombia affected by hurricanes
Cremorne, Vic., Jul. 22, 2021 /Medianet/ --
The solar modules will be delivered to educational facilities used by about 5,600 students, to contribute to power infrastructure restoration and education revitalisation.
22 July 2021 – Q CELLS donated solar modules to La Guajira, Colombia, which was hit by hurricanes. For power infrastructure restoration and education revitalization, total 310 kW of solar modules will arrive at the port of Cartagena, Colombia in August, and will be delivered to educational facilities used by about 5,600 students through the Institute for Planning and Promotion of Energy Solutions for Non-Interconnected Zones (IPSE) under the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Colombia.
In Colombia, electricity, telecommunications and water infrastructures were damaged by Eta and Iota, hurricanes which hit Central and South America in November 2020. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 14,470 households and 68,883 people were affected by the hurricane in La Guajira, where Q CELLS donated its high-quality solar modules.
Not only donating to Colombia, Q CELLS has been continuously creating social values by utiliSing the nature characteristics of the solar business. Q CELLS donated photovoltaic systems to schools in North-east Japan, where the power grid was destroyed by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
In 2019, Q CELLS also donated solar modules to the ‘Clean Up Mekong’ campaign conducted by Hanwha Group. Clean Up Mekong is a campaign which donated two solar-powered waste-collecting boats to Vinh Long, Vietnam, to help remove floating waste from the river in an environmentally-friendly manner. This campaign, which creatively approached environmental issues with eco-friendly energy, won a Gold Award at the New York Festival, one of the world's three largest advertising festivals. (Official video)
In Korea, Q CELLS is also cooperating with Hanwha Group on the ‘Happy Sunshine’ campaign, which provides the social welfare facilities with free installation and operation service of photovoltaic systems. Since 2011, Hanwha Group have donated 2,187 kW of photovoltaic systems to 320 social welfare facilities nationwide, which is equivalent to the annual electricity demand of about 720 households.
Furthermore, Q CELLS has been continuously participating in the 'Hanwha Solar Forest' campaign, in which Hanwha Group creates eco-friendly forests with seedlings grown using solar power to respond to desertification and fine dust issues. Through the campaign, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, Hanwha Group created seven forests in Korea, China and Mongolia and planted about 500,000 trees. (Official video)
This campaign was introduced as the world’s first corporate campaign utiliSing solar energy to prevent desertification at the 2011 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) event. In 2018, the campaign was featured as a major partnership for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development held at UN headquarters.
Charles (Hee Cheul) Kim, CEO of Q CELLS, said; “Solar energy is one of the most effective and eco-friendly ways to solve various social and environmental problems human being is facing. We will continuously provide innovative clean energy solutions to make sustainable future, taking the lead in ESG management and social value creation.”
Q CELLS is the only solar manufacturer whose solar modules undergo Cyclone Testing at James Cook University (JCU)’s Cyclone Testing Station in Queensland, Australia. JCU’s Cyclone testing is important in order to ensure the modules will withstand high pressures even caused by destructive cyclone like Cyclone Larry in 2011, which happened in Queensland, Australia with wind speed measured at 240 km/h as well as Cyclone Yasi that had a speed of 290 km/h and crossed land early 2011 at Mission Beach, Australia.