Film star Geraldine Chaplin to sponsor SolarWorld gift to power waterborne aid center in Peruvian Amazon
Complete solar panel system will drive health-care, telecom and business center
With the patronage of movie star Geraldine Chaplin, SolarWorld today announced its intention to donate a complete system of solar panels to power the pilot version of a waterborne telecommunications, health-care and business center that will elevate health care and commercial opportunities for residents of villages along Peru’s navigable rivers within the Amazon Rainforest.
SolarWorld made the announcement on the occasion of Chaplin’s visit to its European manufacturing hub in Freiberg along with her daughter, movie actress Oona Chaplin, and husband, Chilian cinematographer Patricio Castilla. Company officials presented Geraldine Chaplin with a ceremonial first solar panel of the donation to Peru. Chaplin is known for starring roles in such film roles as “Doctor Zhivago” and as the daughter of great silent-era comic film actor and director Charlie Chaplin. The company’s operations have operated in Latin America since the early 1980s. In Peru, distributor-installer CIME Comercial, based in the capital city of Lima, has represented SolarWorld for 17 years and will play a key role in the pilot project. During a visit to Lima in August, Chaplin plans to work to help coordinate the donation.
“This initiative will improve the quality of living and working in the Peruvian Amazon – without destroying habitat building additional land access – by tapping clean energy from the sunlight that is so abundant in that region,” Chaplin said. “I am deeply gratified to help SolarWorld foster this unique project and contribute to a region that I have come to know – and love – so well. We must think and give creatively to take care of this world treasure – the Amazon Rainforest – as well as its people.”
Beginning in 2013, the project will produce the first in a potential series of boats that the Peruvian government plans to build in concert with the National University of Engineering and the National Institute of Research and Training in Telecommunication, both in Lima. If the government goes forward with a full line of boats, they will operate along routes covering all nine rivers, including the Amazon, within the region.
SolarWorld’s donation of 11 kilowatts of off-grid solar panels as well as inverters and other equipment will power a waterborne center featuring a physician-staffed and internet-enabled health-care clinic, telecommunications center and commercial meeting facility. SolarWorld’s donation will be managed through the American wing of the company’s Solar2World program, which aids community rural-electrification projects in developing economies.
About SolarWorld (www.solarworld-usa.com)
SolarWorld (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a worldwide leader in offering brand-name, high quality, crystalline solar-power technology. Its strength is its fully integrated solar production. From silicon as the raw material through wafers, cells and modules all the way to turn-key solar systems of all sizes, the group combines all stages of the solar value chain. The central business activity is selling quality modules into the installation and distribution trades and crystalline wafers to the international solar cell industry. Group headquarters are located in Bonn, Germany. The group’s largest production facilities operate in Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro in the U.S. state of Oregon. Sustainability is the basis of the group strategy.
Under the name Solar2World, the group supports care projects using off-grid solar-power solutions in developing countries, exemplifying sustainable economic development. Worldwide, SolarWorld employs more than 3,600 people. SolarWorld AG has been quoted on the stock exchange since 1999 and today is listed on, among others, the TecDAX and ÖkoDAX as well as in the sustainability index NAI.