Citi works with TEPU to promote community solar gardens

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Citibank Taiwan teamed up with Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU) to donate solar panels to Taiwan Blackfoot Disease Socio-Medical Service Memorial House and Changhu Ecological Elementary and Junior High School to construct community solar gardens.

In accordance with the Taiwanese government’s green vision of the installation of rooftop solar panels, Citibank Taiwan teamed up with Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU) and Taiwan Renewable Energy Alliance (TRENA) to hold a press conference in early December to donate solar panels to Taiwan Blackfoot Disease Socio-Medical Service Memorial House and Changhu Ecological Elementary and Junior High School to construct community solar gardens. Legislator Chen Man-li was also invited to attend the press conference, showing her support on green energy.

Energy transformation and green energy development are the main schemes of major developments in many countries around the globe. Taiwan is no exception.

“As a global trend, green energy has not only become one of the Taiwanese government’s important policies, but also been the focus of concern for Citi,” said April Pan, head of Corporate Affairs at Citibank Taiwan. “Citibank Taiwan took the lead in combining the implementation of corporate social responsibility with the construction of community solar gardens to help non-profit organizations install solar panels. The installation of rooftop solar panels can not only generate power for personal use to help nonprofits to lower their electric bill, but also reaffirm Citi’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainable environment. Meanwhile, this can also implement the government’s policies of energy conservation and carbon reduction.”

TEPU chairman Liou Jin-show pointed out that many public interest groups and nonprofit organizations, for example, are often hesitant to install solar panels due to a lack of money and manpower. With Citi’s support, these NGOs now can not only install a solar panel system for their own place but also encourage local residents and students to participate in the installation of solar panels, thereby integrating fun into teaching and reaching the goal of full participation.

Citi is set to donate 3kW solar panels to Taiwan Blackfoot Disease Socio-Medical Service Memorial House and Changhu Ecological Elementary and Junior High School respectively. It takes a great deal of air conditioning and lighting equipment for Taiwan Blackfoot Disease Socio-Medical Service Memorial House to receive a huge influx of bustling tourists every day. The installation of solar panels is expected to help lower the museum’s electric bill by one-half to one-third, thereby substantially reducing the financial burden on the museum.

Changhu Ecological Elementary and Junior High School, the first public ecological school in Taiwan, emphasizes the integration of ecological education into students’ learning. The school hopes that the installation of solar panels can not only help them to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions, but also enable students to participate in ecological and sustainable life.

In recent years, Citibank Taiwan has also seen circular economy as one of the main schemes of its sustainable development. To practice the spirit of circular economy, Citi Taiwan has held a wide range of events, including recycling and reusing toys, cleaning up beaches, and holding seminars on how to live a low-carbon Life.