Water Systems from SolarWorld, Rotary, Water Missions International Aid 35,000 People in Peru, Haiti and Malawi

  Water Systems from SolarWorld, Rotary, Water Missions International Aid
  35,000 People in Peru, Haiti and Malawi

Business Wire

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- January 6, 2014

A partnership among SolarWorld, the largest solar manufacturer in the United
States and Europe, and nonprofit partners Rotary International and Water
Missions International (WMI) has helped a total of 35,000 people in Africa,
Latin America and the Caribbean gain access to clean, safe drinking water. At
the close of 2013, SolarWorld, Rotary International, a global network of
humanitarian volunteers, and WMI, a Christian water-engineering nonprofit,
celebrated installation of 25 solar-powered, community-based
water-purification systems in Haiti, the Peruvian Amazon and Malawi. The three
organizations share a chief humanitarian goal of promoting water quality to
enhance the health, quality of life and economic status of the world’s poorest
people.

By the end of 2013, SolarWorld, WMI and Rotary installed 25 solar-powered,
water-purification system ...

By the end of 2013, SolarWorld, WMI and Rotary installed 25 solar-powered,
water-purification systems in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean,
including this one in Nueva Reforma, Peru. (Photo: Business Wire)

In the systems, high-performance solar panels donated by SolarWorld power
submersible water pumps provided by Grundfos, the world’s pump-technology
leader and a strategic partner of WMI. At each site, WMI’s engineers combined
SolarWorld panels in treatment systems capable of supplying water needs of
thousands of people. As another strategic partner of WMI, SolarWorld has for
years donated and discounted its solar technology for deployment through the
nonprofit’s programs in the developing world.

“These projects unite WMI, Rotary International, SolarWorld and Grundfos in
leveraging their technological expertise to maximize the humanitarian impact
of curbing the spread of disease and death from contaminated water supplies,”
said George Greene IV, president and chief operating officer of Water Missions
International. “The result: clean, safe and sustainable water – a foundation
for community health, education and economic vitality.”

SolarWorld and WMI teamed with various local Rotary clubs in the United
States, Peru, Haiti and Malawi to provide systems. In Peru, for example, the
Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., led a fund-raising effort that, in
combination with a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, garnered over $300,000 for
water and sanitation projects in Peru.

“Improving water and sanitation projects are a passion for our Rotary club and
for Rotary International because the need is so great. Every day, more than
5,000 children around the world die from water-borne disease,” said Ron Myers,
member of Lakewood Ranch’s Rotary club. “Our club is driven by human
understanding of this global crisis and our desire to help people around the
world lead better, healthier lives.”

Since 2012, the three organizations have implemented nine solar-powered
water-treatment systems in Peru, many in remote communities in the Amazon
River basin, and two systems in Bayonnais, Haiti. Sixteen systems in rural
Malawi came online about the same time. Without such systems, these
communities would continue to suffer high rates of water-borne disease and
childhood mortality that attend parasite-bearing and otherwise contaminated
water supplies.

“WMI, Rotary International, Grunfos and SolarWorld share a focus on using
sustainable technology to address the world’s most pressing humanitarian
challenges, particularly the need for safe drinking water in impoverished,
rural communities,” said Mukesh Dulani, U.S. president of SolarWorld.
“Together with our valued partners WMI and Grundfos, SolarWorld joins Rotary
International’s community of 1.2 million members in creating positive, lasting
change around the world. It is an honor to add our solar know-how to this
inspiring, global movement.”

Photos, videos and first-hand accounts of projects in Peru and Malawi are
available on the blogs of SolarWorld, WMI and Rotary International as well as
on WMI’s Vimeo and Picasa channels.

About SolarWorld

SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to
a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs
approximately 2,500 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany,
and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld
manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development.
Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers
all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company
maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has
committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has
been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at
www.solarworld-usa.com.

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