PRLog - Dec. 19, 2012 - SAN MATEO, Calif. -- SAN FRANCISCO, December 19, 2012 – Hanwha Solar, a global provider of total solar energy solutions and official solar partner of the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants, celebrated the holiday season by contributing $50,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco to install a 34 kW solar installation on its Columbia Park Clubhouse in the Mission District. The donation was made in conjunction with Hanwha Solar’s “How Far Did It Fly” program, in which Hanwha Solar donates one dollar to the Club for every foot a Giants’ home run ball travels.
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“We hope this contribution will make this holiday season brighter for our local Bay Area Boys & Girls Club partner,” said Mark Bronez, president of Hanwha SolarOne North America. “Donating this solar system is an investment to educate and energize San Francisco youth about environmental responsibility.”
The “How Far Did It Fly” program is part of green initiative at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco to promote environmental sustainability. The solar installation will include a flat-panel display inside the Columbia Park Clubhouse to show real-time performance of the solar system to patrons. The 34kW Hanwha Solar system is projected to reduce the facility’s electricity bill by 40-50 percent annually, savings that Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco plans to invest in its Youth Workforce Development programs and to help send Club kids to Camp Mendocino, Boys & Girls Clubs’ beautiful summer camp in the redwoods of Mendocino County.
“Our partnership with Hanwha Solar offers a great opportunity to educate Club members about sustainability while making the Columbia Park Clubhouse greener and reducing the facility’s utility bills,” said Rob Connolly, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. “We hope to expand the partnership in the future as we continue exploring energy-saving initiatives across the organization.”
As the official solar partner of the San Francisco Giants, Hanwha Solar is working with the team to build on its legacy of environmental responsibility through the “I SUN SF” green initiative campaign. In addition to the “How Far Did It Fly” program and the $50,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, the campaign includes a solar PV installation at AT&T Park, a Hanwha Solar-branded, sun-shaped LED sign above left field which displays how far a home run ball travels and sponsorship of the Giants’ in-game recycling Green Team, which enters the stands of AT&T Park at the end of the seventh inning to collect recyclables and to remind fans to recycle at home.
PHOTO CAPTION: Hanwha Solar makes this holiday season brighter for members of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s Columbia Park Clubhouse.
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About Hanwha Solar
Hanwha Solar is a global provider of total solar energy solutions and a leading manufacturer of silicon ingots, wafers and photovoltaic cells and modules. As the flagship company of Korea’s Hanwha Group—a FORTUNE 500 company—Hanwha Solar offers value beyond its high-quality products by providing various value-added services such as joint-development, project funding and co-marketing. As a global solar energy solution provider, Hanwha Solar maintains a strong worldwide presence, with employees located throughout Europe, North America and Asia. It embraces environmental responsibility and sustainability, playing a major role in the voluntary photovoltaic recycling program and various community-development projects. Delivering top value to customers through fully-integrated solar solutions, Hanwha Solar’s overriding goal is to set new standards in innovation and value by redefining what it means to be a vertically integrated company. For more information, visit www.hanwha-solarone.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco
Part of the community since 1891, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) currently serves more than 1,200 children and teens each day and reaches 17,200 youth each year, offering a safe place to learn, grow and succeed. The Club operates nine Clubhouses in the city’s toughest neighborhoods, as well as Camp Mendocino, a residential summer camp in Mendocino County. BGCSF is focused on helping its youth members achieve SUCCESS IN LIFE. Our National award-winning programs and caring staff steer our young people toward productive, responsible futures – helping members build strong character and skills that will last a lifetime. BGCSF’
About the San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants of the National League is one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. Boasting a 130-year history, the team moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958 playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park before moving to AT&T Park in 2000. The franchise was named 2010’s Sports Organization of the Year by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal Daily.
Since opening its gates, AT&T Park has become internationally-
Off the field, the Giants have one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports, becoming the first team to implement a 100 percent participation program, involving every player, coach and uniformed staff member in at least one community project throughout the season. Through its community outreach programs, the Giants and the Giants Community Fund work with corporate and non-profit partners to raise awareness, educate and generate interest in a variety of issues important to both their fans and community including education/literacy, violence prevention, health and youth recreation and fitness.