Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Coca-Cola Funded Solar Facilities Completed at Quake Zone School

The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund held a ceremony on April 24 at the Shiraishi Daiichi Elementary School in Miyagi Prefecture to commemorate the completion of solar generating facilities for which the fund provided a substantial grant. The school is the first of those targeted for assistance in earthquake-stricken areas to have installed such facilities.

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 Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund assessed the operating and environmental education plans of applicant schools, choosing 11 of them. Of that number, four are in Iwate Prefecture, with two in Miyagi Prefecture and the remaining five in Fukushima Prefecture.

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