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Dow Corning Opens Solar-Powered Day Care Center in Indian Village
Karde, Pune, India –
Dow Corning today announced
the opening of an anganwadi (daycare center) in the Indian village of Karde
that features a 28-panel solar power system.
This system generates enough electricity for cooling fans and proper lighting
for the anganwadi and an adjacent school that previously had no power. In
addition, Dow Corning arranged to have five solar powered street lights
installed to make the village safer for students and residents.
discussions about solar energy, it’s too easy to
forget that what we are really talking about is changing people’s lives.
Education, safety – that’s what the solar story is about in the village of
Karde,” said Jean-Paul
Mollie, Dow Corning’s region president for India, South Asia, Middle
East and Africa. “The solar power system will provide free, clean solar energy
and create an environment far more conducive to learning. We can help
these students reach their full potential in the classroom; we can help them
create a brighter future.” Approximately 45 children will attend the anganwadi;
more than 100 students attend the school.
Tata BP Solar, a
local manufacturer of solar systems and a Dow Corning customer,
manufactured and installed the system. The solar panels contain
silicon-based materials developed and manufactured by Dow Corning.
“This is a great example of the power of silicone chemistry to enhance lives around
the world,” said Eric Peeters, Dow Corning’s global executive director for
the solar market business unit. “Silicon-based materials play a key role in
producing solar devices that perform well for decades, even with exposure to
extreme conditions. For the children of Karde, that means a better chance to
fulfill their dreams - having electricity in the classroom and daycare center
and safer streets for years to come.”
One of the only
companies in the world able to provide silicon-based solutions throughout the
entire photovoltaic value chain, Dow Corning is investing to expand its
portfolio of total solution packages for solar cell manufacturing, module
assembly and installation. Solution packages are built on high-performance
silicone products such as encapsulants,
adhesives, coatings, potting agents and
well as next-generation solar grade silicon.
The company’s long-term commitment to sustainability and to providing
solutions along the entire solar value chain is demonstrated by the more than
$5 billion in investments it has announced over the past five years. Those
investments include working to expand polycrystalline silicon capacity by 90
percent within the next four years; construction of its first facility to
produce high purity monosilanes – the key raw material used in the production
of thin-film solar cells and liquid crystal displays; and the opening of a
Solar Solutions Application Center in Michigan and announcement of a second
center in Korea at which it works with customers to develop, evaluate, and
pilot materials and solutions used to manufacture solar panels.
About the Anganwadis
Dow Corning has been working closely with villages around the company’s
manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon, Pune to construct anganwadis. Local
government bodies will run the anganwadi, which provide mothers, infants and
children of up to age six with education, nutrition and healthcare.
About Tata BP Solar
Tata BP Solar is a
joint venture of Tata Power and BP Solar - manufacturing solar cells, solar
panels, as well as delivering solar solutions to the end customer. Their
manufacturing facilities are the largest of their kind in the country. The
company has supplied solar energy systems that provided energy to more than 7
million people in the Indian sub continent for applications such as village
lighting, water pumping and telecommunications.
About Dow Corning
Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions
to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global
leader in silicones, silicon-based technology
and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services
via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands.
Dow Corning is a joint venture equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company
and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales
are outside the United States.
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