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Hanwha Group Plants 200,000 Tree Solar Forest at Baijitan Nature Reserve in Ningxia, China

  Hanwha Group Plants 200,000 Tree Solar Forest at Baijitan Nature Reserve in
  Ningxia, China

Business Wire

NINGXIA, China -- September 26, 2013

Hanwha Group today announced that it would further its commitment to the
Baijitan Nature Reserve in Lingwu City, Ningxia province (located at
southwestern edge of the Mu Us Desert) and boost the city’s fragile,
desertification prone ecosystem by planting a 200,000 tree “Hanwha Solar
Forest.” This sustainable green space builds on Hanwha’s 80kWh solar power
plant in Ningxia, donated and installed with the support of the United Nations
Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and State Forestry Bureau.

Hanwha Group will create the 110,000 square meters anti-desertification forest
which is expected to absorb 2,470 tons of CO[2] over the next 10 years, and
play an important role in holding dust, reducing water runoff and controlling
insect populations. The “Hanwha Solar Forest’s” 200,000 trees were grown in a
Nature Reserve seedling nursery powered by solar panels donated by Hanwha
Group and manufactured and installedby its affiliate Hanwha SolarOne. This
enabledthe companyto create a sustainable forest out of essentially nothing
without harming the environment.

Although China has reached a certain level of success in containing
desertification since the UNCCD was formed 19 years ago, it remains a
significant challenge throughout the country and is considered one of the
world’s top three ecological problems. As an environmentally responsible
company, Hanwha Group recognizes the severity of this issue and is committed
to enacting positive change through corporate citizenship and business
initiatives.

"Working closely with Hanwha SolarOne, the flagship company of our solar
business, Hanwha Group is committed to leveraging our advantages in solar
energy technologies to realize our mission of addressing climate change,
energy depletion and energy poverty challenges,” said Mr. Kim Yeoung Rak, Vice
President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters. “Through efforts such as
planting trees and promoting afforestation, we hope to bring positive change
to the community. In the longer term, we will also advance clean technologies
and promote the achievement of asustainable, ‘green’ future.”

Mr. Ma Gang, Vice Mayor of Lingwu City, added, “Desertification is a global
issue that requires the attention and support of the government, society and
business sector. Only by working together, can we successfully address this
serious problem. I sincerely hope that more socially responsible companies
like Hanwha Group join our efforts, so that we can achieve greater success in
protecting the environment and preventing desertification.”

The Baijintan National Nature Reserve project is a key part of Hanwha Group’s
larger afforestation efforts. Since 2011, Hanwha has sponsored Tree Planet, an
official UNCCD gaming app that brings individuals and corporations together to
save the planet from environmental degradation. The app empowers users and
Hanwha employees around the world to nurture trees on their phones; and in
2012, Hanwha Group made these virtual efforts a reality by planting 230,000
trees in Mongolia’s Tujin Nars Nature Reserve, to ultimately create more green
space and bring social benefit to the community.

The Group is also actively broadening its contributions to the Chinese
community. In August, 2013, Hanwha Group and Hanwha SolarOne announced plans
to donate a 30 kW solar PV system that provides continuous power to Yuyangguan
Town Hope Primary School in Wufeng County, Hubei province. In partnership with
the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and
Electronic Products (CCCME) and the China Youth Development Foundation, the
initiative will improve the operational conditions of local schools while
helping students understand the value of renewable energy and sustainable
development. In addition to the solar PV system, Hanwha SolarOne will also
provide the school with comprehensive operation and maintenance training.

Contact:

Hanwha SolarOne
John Xi, (8621) 3852 1521
Senior Marketing Communication Manager
john.xi@hanwha-solarone.com
 
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