Yingli Green Energy Australia Pty. Ltd. (Yingli Australia), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yingli Green Energy (Yingli Solar), has partnered with Its Time Foundation to power six remote schools in the Fiji Islands with Yingli's solar PV systems.
Its Time Foundation is a charity organization focusing on providing reliable renewable energy to education facilities, which have limited access to electricity. They aim at creating healthier learning environments and educating the community on the benefits of reducing their carbon emissions. Through Yingli Solar's high efficiency and durable solar panels, these systems will create savings in excess of $30,000 annually for these remote schools in the Pacific Islands of Fiji.
The founder of Its Time Foundation, Rob Edwards selected these schools based on their lack of accessibility to reliable power from the grid. By providing renewable electricity, Yingli's solar PV systems allow these remote schools to utilize more savings on education resources instead of exhausting on generator fuel and kerosene costs. The students and teachers now can charge laptops, photocopy schools exams, supply lighting to teachers' quarters, where previously they were using power from the school generator for a limited time in the evenings. Now with Yingli's solar PV systems, these schools have a safe and clean environment with a steady energy supply.
"There is no compromise to be considered when developing a solution for the progressive education for the children. The cornerstone of a strong education for these students and staff is the inclusion of a renewable power and lighting solution, which is supplied to every school," commented Mr. Rob Edwards, the Founder of Its Time Foundation. "Our ability to deliver this vision is considering only reputable and quality technologies from leading brands, and ensuring that the longevity of this solution continues to drive possibility for the generations ahead."
"Climate change is the most urgent threat facing the Pacific Islands. Replacing dependent power sources such as kerosene and fuel generators with clean, green, affordable solar energy will create a safer and sustainable environment and ultimately improve the lives of communities in this region," said Mr. Daman Cole, Managing Director of Yingli Australia. "We are delighted that Its Time Foundation has delivered these solar PV systems for remote schools, demonstrating to students, staff and the community that clean energy can be a stable part of their future. These installations will help students enjoy a learning environment that powers both their school and their minds."