Trina Solar has teamed up with actor Patrick Dempsey from the hit series Gray's Anatomy in an attempt to bring clean energy to communities throughout the US. Solar PV panels will be installed on the roofs of schools, health clinics and other nongovernmental organisations and the infrastructure developed to attract investment, assisted by networks of supporters, installers and components suppliers. There will also be an educational campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of solar power, particularly with regard to cost, reliability and environmental impact.
The project is a spin-off from Mr Dempsey's 2011 video Plug Me In, Light Me Up which helped to promote the way in which solar PV can benefit the environment and improve people's lives. Mr Dempsey is also intending to promote solar through live presentations and a variety of communications tools including social and digital media. "Solar power can be a practical solution to the critical issues facing the nation's population and environment," he said. "Solar is ready today to help local communities, as well as to create jobs and new businesses."
This is not the first time that Trina Solar has been involved in working with communities around the US. In 2011 the company supplied solar panels to a variety of organisations involved in helping deserving communities. The company also worked with Mr Dempsey's racing team to bring solar PV to Victory Junction, a North Carolina organisation involved in providing summer camp experiences to children suffering from chronic illnesses. The company also helped a number of Habitat For Humanity homes in Texas. Outside the US Trina has worked with Innovation Africa installing solar panels at the Visezi Medical Clinic in Tanzania as well as helping with a number of rebuilding projects in Haiti. The company is proud of its sustainable manufacturing procedures, which are ISO certified, and carbon reduction programmes. The company states that its activities have resulted in a 60 percent reduction in energy and water usage per unit of solar power generated.
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