As World Cup mania continues to grip the world, SolarWorld is helping to bring the game a little closer to the 2,000 people in South African and Namibian villages that have not had any access to electricity or the media. The company installed 35 solar-operated television viewing stations in the two countries to not only help football fans cheer on their teams, but to also promote education, such as information about HIV, through the use of media resources.
“Our Sun-TV viewing points show what you can do with solar technology“, says Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG. “For many people in Africa it is the first real opportunity to participate. For us in the industrialized world clean solar energy from your own roof will be a natural part of our overall energy supply in the future.”
The solar-operated TV’s have been placed in central village locations such as in the village square, community centers or churches. High efficiency modules by SolarWorld power the Sun-TV stations, which are equipped with a television, DVD player and the ability to receive sports, children’s and educational programs through a satellite antenna.