Coca-Cola funded solar facilities completed
at quake zone school
TOKYO, April 24, 2012 - The
The fund decided to provide grants to purchase and install solar generating facilities under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The grants are to assist public elementary schools in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures, which the Great East Japan Earthquake hit hardest, and help educate students about the benefits of clean energy. The fund decided to offer grants to 50 schools in three rounds from September 1, 2011, through March 31, 2014. It began accepting applications for the first round from September 1 through 30, 2011.
A selection committee from the
The Shiraishi Daiichi Elementary School received a consumption tax-inclusive grant from the fund of up to \30 million to acquire and install solar facilities. They comprise an emergency solar generator with a maximum capacity of 20 kilowatts and storage batteries with an aggregate capacity of up to 16 kilowatts.
Completion day events began with a tape cutting in front of a solar generator monitor. Participants in the tape cutting were Kojo Kazama, Mayor of Shiraishi, Tomoichi Takeda, the Principal of Shiraishi Daiichi Elementary School, Kyo Suzuki, President of Sendai
All of the school’s students took part in the completion ceremony. After opening remarks from Mr. Kazama, Mr. Suzuki spoke about the support initiatives of the
In September 2012, the fund plans to start its second round of soliciting applications for solar facilities grants from public elementary schools in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures.
As well as serving schools through these grants, the fund also seeks to assist with the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Initiatives will include constructing educational and other public facilities to help the young live normal lives again.
|tape cutting||students switched on solar generator monitor|
■Comments from Shiraishi City and Shiraishi Daiichi Elementary School
Masaharu Takeda, Chairperson of the Shiraishi City Board of Education, Miyagi Prefecture
We are deeply grateful for the massive grant to install solar power facilities. We will take the greatest care with them. We will also use the facilities as a tool for educating students from all local schools about clean energy. Because of the advanced power storage systems at Shiraishi Daiichi Elementary School, we have positioned the school as a model for developing other evacuation sites in the city. We are looking to take advantage of this initial installation to install solar facilities at other schools in our city.
Tomoichi Takeda, Principal of the Shiraishi Daiichi Elementary School, Miyagi Prefecture
We are tremendously thankful for the support we have received through the
|Shiraishi Daiichi Elementary School students
touching solar generator
■Public elementary schools receiving assistance in first round of environmental education
grants from the
Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund
|1||Iwate||Tanohata, Shimohei District||Tanohata Elementary School|
|2||Tanohata Junior High School|
|3||Noda, Kunohe District||Noda Elementary School|
|4||Noda Junior High School|
|5||Miyagi||Higashi Matsubara||Higashi Matsubara Miyato Elementary School|
|6||Shiraishi||Shiraishi Daiichi Elementary School|
|7||Fukushima||Otama, Adachi District||Otama Junior High School|
|8||Shinchi, Soma District||Shinchi Fukuda Elementary School|
|9||Shinchi Elementary School|
|10||Shinchi Komagamine Elementary School|
|11||Shinchi Shouei Junior High School|
Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund
The following website details the activities of the
Coca-Cola System in Japan
This system encompasses several entities. One is
Coca-Cola Educational and Environmental Foundation