Hanwha Solar and San Francisco Giants Announce New Partnership

Five-season, official solar partner of the Giants launches a green initiative campaign to increase environmental responsibility
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April 16, 2012 - PRLog -- San Francisco, Calif., April 16, 2012 — Hanwha Solar, a global provider of photovoltaic (PV) solar solutions and flagship company of Korea’s top-10 business group Hanwha Group, has been named the new official solar partner of the San Francisco Giants.  Through the partnership, Hanwha Solar expects to increase Bay Area awareness of environmental responsibility while contributing to youth in the community.

As the official solar partner, Hanwha Solar will launch a green initiative campaign named “I SUN SF,” which will build on the Giants’ legacy of environmental responsibility. The campaign includes:
•   The installation of solar PV panels AT&T Park
•   A Hanwha Solar branded, sun-shaped LED sign above left field
•   A fundraising program named “How Far Did It Fly?” to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF)
•   Sponsoring the Giants in-game recycling “Green Team”

“Hanwha Solar is as passionate about bringing solar power to the U.S. as Bay Area fans are about the San Francisco Giants,” said Hee Cheul Kim, president of Hanwha Solar. “The Bay Area is home to many of our U.S. employees and operations, which is why we wanted to partner with the Giants to give back to the community, energizing and improving the lives of Giants fans and all Bay Area residents. We chose to make this partnership about more than baseball, and contribute to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, because Hanwha Solar believes it is important to teach our youth about environmental responsibility.”

Hanwha Solar will install a PV system at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants.  The PV installation will generate enough clean energy to offset the power consumption of a sun-shaped, LED Hanwha Solar sign installed above left field which, among other features, will display the distance of each homerun hit by Giants players during games at AT&T Park.

Additionally, for every foot a Giants home-run ball travels during the 2012 season, Hanwha Solar will donate $1 worth of solar panels to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s Columbia Park Clubhouse, located in the city’s Mission district.  As a part of BGCSF’s overall Green Initiative, this donation will provide the Columbia Park Clubhouse with a source of clean energy and solar power education opportunities.

Hanwha Solar will also sponsor the Giants “Green Team,” which is a group of Giants employees who go into the stands at the end of the seventh inning to collect recyclables and remind fans to recycle at home. Currently the Giants lead the Major League Baseball in recycling efforts with more than 85 percent of the Park’s waste being diverted from landfills through an aggressive recycling and composting program, and hope to increase this number in 2012 through the “Green Team” efforts with Hanwha.

“The Giants are committed to promoting sustainability and clean energy in our community,” said Larry Baer, president and CEO of the San Francisco Giants.  “Partnering with Hanwha Solar will allow us to continue to make a positive impact in keeping our community green and reminding our fans about the importance of respecting the environment.”

Hanwha Solar celebrated the start of the partnership with their employees, customers, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco and the Giants during Hanwha Solar Fireworks Night on April 14.  The evening included a home plate ceremony before the game, Hanwha Solar giveaways and a fireworks show after the game.

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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 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. 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, please visit http://www.hanwhasolar.com/client/en/main/main.asp.

About Hanwha Group

Founded in 1952, Hanwha Group is a leading Korean business group with 56 domestic affiliates and 69 global networks in three major sectors of manufacturing/construction, finance and service/leisure. In 2011, Hanwha Group held assets of USD 87.7billion and total revenue of USD 31.6 billion. Putting strategic emphasis on renewable energies and global expansion, Hanwha Group has made successful advancements in solar energy, rechargeable batteries and biosimilars. Hanwha Group has also extended its global footprint in Europe, China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the United States. For more information, visit http://www.hanwha.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 kids/year, offering a safe place to learn and grow.  We operate nine Clubhouses in the city’s toughest neighborhoods, as well as Camp Mendocino, a residential summer camp in Mendocino County.  Everything we do at BGCSF is focused on helping our members achieve SUCCESS IN LIFE.  Our National award-winning programs and caring staff steer our young people toward productive, responsible futures – and help our members build strong character and skills that will last a lifetime.  Our four focus areas include: Academic Success, Good Character & Community Engagement, Healthy Lifestyles and Job Readiness with Earning Potential.  For more information or to get involved, visit http://www.kidsclub.org.

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-renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment.  On the diamond, more than 37 million spectators have witnessed a number of magical moments and four playoff appearances, including in 2010 when the Giants became the World Series champions for the first time since moving West.  In 2008, the Giants celebrated the team’s 50th year in San Francisco and it was the center of the baseball universe when it hosted the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 10, 2007.  AT&T Park has also played host to some of music’s biggest acts, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and Green Day.  

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.
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