Building on our world-class solar energy business, Hanwha sets the standard for corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability by donating solar energy facilities to our communities.
- Happy Sunshine
- Hanwha supports sustainable energy use in every community by leveraging the expertise we have gained from the vertical integration of our solar businesses. Our most renowned program is the Happy Sunshine campaign. Through this program, we donate solar power generation systems to community welfare centers in South Korea. We have installed solar power generation systems at 217 centers, producing a total of about 1,527 KW of solar energy.
We also operate our Happy Sunshine program overseas, donating solar power generation systems to elementary schools in underprivileged areas in China. We installed 30 KW rooftop photovoltaic equipment in two elementary schools, one in Hubei and one in Qinghai, China.
- Hanwha Solar Forests to Combat Desertifications Around the World
- Hanwha is working to prevent desertification in an entertaining and engaging way. When video game players of Tree Planet, a UNCCD-certified mobile game, plant virtual trees, we plant real trees. Through Tree Planet, we planted 230,000 trees in the nature conservation area in Tuijin Nars of Mongolia, creating the first Hanwha Solar Forest in 2012. As a result, residents who had previously been forced to leave their homes due to desertification came back. Some of these residents are now making a living as forest rangers. In September 2013, the second Solar Forest was planted in the Mu Us Desert of Lingwu City, China. For this project, Hanwha Group donated an entire solar photovoltaic plant to grow 200,000 trees in a nursery powered by solar panels. They were then planted in the desert where they flourished.
Hanwha’s cooperation with Ningxia and the UNCCD is a unique public-private collaboration that offers a framework for sustainable and long-term solutions to fight desertification.
Our anti-desertification efforts contribute to water and air purification, pest control, and soil erosion. In 2014, we introduced our third Solar Forest at an elementary school in Seoul. Our fourth was at an elementary school in Inchuan, China in 2015. These locations allow children to experience beautiful forests where previously there had been only dust and sand. In 2016, we added another Solar Forest in Seosan, Chungnam-do Province of South Korea. Altogether, 490,000 trees have been planted on 1.16 million square meters to date.
- Eco-Friendly Aquarium
- Hanwha opened Hanwha Aqua Planet Yeosu during Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea. A Hanwha rooftop solar power system supplies clean, sustainable energy to the aquatic systems at the facility. Open year-round, this eco-friendly aquarium has raised public awareness on the positive impact and effectiveness of solar energy.
- Solar Panels Donated to Davos
- The World Economic Forum, held annually in Davos, Switzerland, addresses pressing issues facing the world, such as environmental sustainability. The solar modules donated by Hanwha Q CELLS to the City of Davos at the World Economic Forum Congress Center have a capacity of 340 KW. This amount of energy is enough to reduce 20 tons of CO2 emissions per year. Our donation showcases the possibilities of clean, sustainable energy.
- Solar Education for All
- Working with the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement, Hanwha offers solar energy classes to all. These practical classes teach people about the fundamentals of solar power, how to use solar power, and why our world needs eco-friendly renewable energy.
- Earthquake Relief
- Hanwha was an active participant in the relief efforts after Japan’s catastrophic 2011 earthquake and tsunami. We donated emergency aid supplies and construction materials. During the extended recovery, we also installed 12 KW solar power systems at a number of schools in affected areas, including the Taneichi kindergarten in Iwate.
- Donating Solar-Powered Boats for River Clean-Up in Vietnam
- In Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, Hanwha launched the “Clean Up Mekong” campaign in 2019 in collaboration with the Vietnam Environment Administration and Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Vietnam. The campaign is tackling severe pollution that clogs the Mekong River and threatens the well-being of millions of people.
Hanwha donated solar-powered boats to aid in the clean-up process. These boats use electric conveyors to scoop up floating garbage from the Mekong River much faster than previous manual efforts. As an added benefit, the boats have zero carbon emissions and don’t leak any oil.
As the world’s top solar energy provider, Hanwha is contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through sustainable environment initiatives that utilize clean energy.