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World Vision Japan and Solar Frontier Donate Solar Systems to Schools in Kesennuma, Japan2012-03-01

Tokyo, March 1, 2012 – World Vision Japan and Solar Frontier announced today that they will donate 50kW of Solar Frontier CIS modules to ten elementary and junior high schools that have been designated as evacuation centers in Miyagi Prefecture’s Kesennuma City, which was severely damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake. This project comes at the request of Kesennuma City in order to protect the lives of the city’s residents, and particularly its children, from the effects of future natural disasters.


Many of the designated evacuation centers in Kesennuma are elementary, junior, and high schools. However, after last March’s disaster, lifelines such as electricity and running water were severed at many of these evacuation centers, delivering an additional blow to the daily lives of the victims. These new solar installations will provide part of the schools’ electricity in normal times and power the evacuation centers located there in times of natural disasters. In addition, World Vision Japan plans to support the installation of wells and emergency supply warehouses which can also be powered by the solar installations.


"Our survey of evacuees in May last year showed that a shortage of electricity and water was the most difficult issue evacuation centers faced immediately after the disaster," said World Vision Japan National Director Nobuhiko Katayama. "Children spend a large part of their time at school, so reinforcing disaster prevention functions there will help protect them from the effects of future natural disasters. Also, through the operation and management of solar panels on a daily basis, we hope that children will acquire a heightened sense of preparation for future disasters."


"We hope that this project will alleviate some of the burden on the local community in times of natural disaster," said Solar Frontier President Shigeaki Kameda. "Victims of natural disasters face numerous difficulties, but we hope to be able to alleviate some of those difficulties by securing electric power using sunlight, which is a sustainable, clean energy source. These solar modules will contribute to the protection of children and the local community for many years to come."


Solar Frontier will donate 50kW of its CIS thin-film solar cell modules together with power conditioners and other peripheral equipment, while World Vision Japan will provide support to cover the solar panel installation costs and the costs related to the wells and emergency supply warehouses. The systems are slated to be installed in ten schools, including Kesennuma Elementary, Matsuiwa Elementary, Omose Elementary, Karakuwa Elementary, Ohya Elementary, Tsuya Elementary, Shishiori Junior High, Niitsuki Junior High, Oshima Junior High, and Koharagi Junior High, with cooperation from the Kesennuma Shokai Corporation.



About World Vision Japan

The Specified Nonprofit Corporation World Vision Japan is a private aid organization in Japan that constitutes a part of World Vision, an international NGO that is officially recognized and registered as a standing member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. World Vision Japan is engaged in developmental aid, emergency humanitarian relief, and advocacy (promotion of particular causes aimed at civil society and the governments) all based on a spirit of Christianity. As part of its efforts to provide emergency reconstruction support following the Great East Japan Earthquake, World Vision Japan collected approximately 3.4 billion yen (as of the end of September) in donations from Japan and abroad and is using those donations to fund activities that focus on improving the living environment in the disaster affected areas to a level that is better than what existed before the earthquake and that target reconstruction of a society that allows for the healthy growth of children. The support activities are being conducted in five fields primarily in Miyagi Prefecture (Kesennuma City and the town of Minami Sanriku) and Iwate Prefecture (Miyako City) and include supporting children, building temporary housing and communities in the surrounding region, securing jobs and improving people’s livelihoods, disaster prevention measures to protect children, and supporting disaster victims in Fukushima Prefecture.


About Solar Frontier

Solar Frontier K.K., a 100 percent subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (TYO:5002) ("Solar Frontier"), has a mission to create the most economical, ecological solar energy solutions on Earth. Building on a legacy of work in solar energy since the 1970s, Solar Frontier today develops and manufactures CIS (denoting copper, indium, selenium) thin-film solar modules for customers in all sectors around the world. Solar Frontier’s gigawatt-scale production facilities in Miyazaki, Japan, integrate compelling economical and ecological advantages into every module: from lower energy requirements in manufacturing to the higher overall output (kWh) of CIS in real operating conditions. Solar Frontier is headquartered in Tokyo, with offices in Europe, the U.S.A., and the Middle East. Visit for more information.


Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.

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