Panels For Progress (PFP) received exciting news on July 23rd. First Solar, a leading manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and provider of comprehensive system solutions, confirmed its commitment to provide all necessary solar panels in support of our project with Not For Sale Thailand, a Children’s Home for stateless children rescued from exploitation in the Chiang Rai province of Northern Thailand.
Panels for Progress will use First Solar’s PV panels to make the Children’s Home more economically and environmentally sustainable, as well as reduce their disproportionately high electricity costs, thereby enabling them to direct their limited resources to building more robust rehabilitation and education services for the children. In addition, the project will pave the way for implementing more renewable energy projects in the surrounding area through education and increased awareness, as well as promote sustainable, clean energy throughout the community.
The First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund, in partnership with the non-profit Toledo Community Foundation, provides support to programs that seek to improve the quality of life in communities around the world. The Fund places special emphasis on programs that further First Solar’s Corporate giving values which include: 1) focusing on “green” education initiatives, 2) ensuring access to clean energy and water in underserved areas; and 3) furthering the development of innovative and sustainable technologies.
A bit about our solar panel partner: First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive PV solar systems which use advanced thin-film panels. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module collection and recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. They are on the leading edge of solar technology and we’re thrilled to have their support.
A bit about our NGO partner: The Children’s Home, operated by anti-human trafficking nonprofit Not For Sale, provides short and long term care to 150 stateless children in Northern Thailand who are recognized by neither the Thai nor Myanmar government, thus making them vulnerable to exploitation. With the assistance of Thai abolitionist Kru Nam and on-site coordinator, J K Klaiber, the Children’s Home provides children with a safe environment, food, healthcare, education, and life skills.
First Solar’s generous contribution, will prove invaluable to the success of PFP’s first project. In addition to the solar panels, PFP is tasked with procuring all Balance of System (BoS) equipment including racking, batteries, monitoring software, and inverters to ensure the project is functioning at maximum efficiency.
Having our proposal to First Solar’s Module Donation Program approved is a HUGE milestone in PFP’s pilot project in Thailand, and a great first step toward potential future projects with one of the world’s leading solar companies. Exciting times ahead—stay posted for updates on a projected completion date, how you can get involved, and details on our first Fundraiser in the Bay Area!