SKYPOWER ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ITS CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE DURING THE CANADA TRADE MISSION TO SOUTH AFRICA, LED BY CANADIAN MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE, HONOURABLE ED FAST
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA AND TORONTO, CANADA – JUNE 24, 2014
SkyPower, the world’s largest solar developer, is launching SkyPower Cares, one of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, through an inaugural contribution of 5,000 solar-powered lights.
Through the SkyPower Cares initiative, SkyPower draws on its global success and expertise to share the gift of light to help empower communities around the world, promoting access to sustainable energy for all. Portable solar-powered lights are distributed to schoolchildren who live in remote communities with limited access to electricity, allowing them to study during the dark evening hours.
“SkyPower is proud to officially launch SkyPower Cares,” said Kerry Adler, SkyPower’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This inaugural contribution is just the beginning. Our vision is to inspire and encourage other caring corporations and individuals to help us make a difference for schoolchildren in unelectrified communities worldwide and help them break the cycle of poverty through personal empowerment.”
In rural regions of Africa, approximately 600 million people live without access to electricity and often rely on highly flammable, expensive and polluting kerosene lanterns as a source of light. The durable, portable solar-powered lights will provide schoolchildren with over four hours of safe lighting each evening.
These additional hours of lighting give students the opportunity to further study and read at night. The solar-powered lights will empower students to further their education and assist them in developing skills to contribute to continued economic growth in South Africa and the rest of the world.
“These solar-powered lights are a shining example of a leading Canadian-managed company’s international contributions through corporate social responsibility,” said the Honourable Ed Fast, Canadian Minister of International Trade. “Canada has a long-standing commitment to ensuring girls, boys and youth have access to quality basic education and I commend SkyPower on making a difference through the SkyPower Cares initiative.”
“Together We Give is proud of the efforts SkyPower is making with the contribution of solar-powered lights to local youth,” said Laura Catherine Marks, Executive Director and Founder of Together We Give, a Kenhardt, South Africa-based not-for-profit agency that responds to locally-identified needs of socio-economically challenged communities. “The lights will help empower the kids to study and live up to their potential.”
As part of the SkyPower Cares launch, the solar-powered lights will reach 5,000 school-aged South African children and their siblings and have a considerable social impact, creating nearly 7.3 million hours of reading light each year, which will translate into productive study hours. Each light has a life expectancy of 10 years.