Tanzania - Hanergy Thin-Film Power Group, a pioneering multinational clean energy company, recently launched its “Lighting Africa” corporate social responsibility (CSR) project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
“Lighting Africa” is a philanthropic project initiated by Hanergy and joined by China Foundation for Peace and Development, aiming to provide environmental-friendly lighting devices to African children to improve their reading time and help electricity deprived populations in Africa.
Hanergy launched the project together with China Foundation for Peace and Development and Tanzania-China Friendship Association and promised to donate the first 100 of its Humbrella product by October this year.
Humbrella is a new thin-film solar product developed by Hanergy. It weighs only 8.8 kilograms and has a diameter of 2.7 meters, and can generate clean energy on both sunny and cloudy days.
Equipped with integrated functions for off-grid clean energy supply, electricity storage, night lighting and terminal charging, the product is expected to store as much as 40000 mAh electricity, ensuring a 10-hour high-quality reading time for children, or charging more than ten 3000mAh smartphones.
The launch event was attended by Minister of International Department of Communist Party of China, Song Tao, President of Tanzania China Friendship Association, Hon. Dr. Salim.A.Salim, Hanergy Kenya Sales Directors Li Chuan and Zhang Xu, and over 700 local residents from Kagera Region along with teachers and pupils from the Oysterbay Primary School in Dares Salaam, Tanzania.
According to an International Energy Agency (IEA) report, 880 million people live with insufficient electricity and power shortage has become an important factor that hampers development in Africa.
Speaking at the launch event, Minister Song Tao said, “We hope more NGOs, enterprises, and individuals can join the cause of building a prosperous Tanzania, making the people’s lives better.”
“We hope ‘Lighting Africa’ Project could be a successful program at its first stop in Tanzania,” added Minister Song.
Donating the Humbrella, Mr Li Chuan, Country Sales Director for Hanergy Kenya, said, “At Hanergy, we’re steadfast to ensure the all-round development of Africa. We’re confident that the Humbrella will surely light up the lives of African children and facilitate the fast-paced development of Africa. Our Today’s step to donate Humbrella to Tanzania is the testimony of our commitment to helping the underdeveloped regions of Africa facing power shortage.”
“This is just the beginning of Hanergy’s philanthropy in Africa. We’re poised to bring more Humbrella to the African continent”, he added.