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CANON INSTALLS WIND TURBINES IN 15 SCHOOLS ACROSS THAILAND

Under the "Clean Energy for Green World" Project
Gearing up to continue activities in phase II by raising awareness about the use of alternative energy amongst the Thai youth and general public

With the 15th wind turbine.


Canon Marketing (Thailand) Co., Ltd., has installed 15 electricity-generating wind turbines in community schools across the country as part of its CSR activities in the "Clean Energy for Green World" project with the objective of using the electricity to power the schools' libraries. The three latest schools to receive the wind turbines are located in the North of Thailand including Sukhothai, Phitsanulok and Chiang Rai provinces.

19 November 2009Mr. Somkiat Phaphon, Director of Corporate Affairs Division, Canon Marketing (Thailand) Co., Ltd., presided over the ceremony to present electricity-generating wind turbines to Ban Song Phi-nong School in Chiang Khong District of Chiang Rai Province, under the "Clean Energy for Green World" project by Canon from 2008 to 2009. The school is the most recent location in the North of Thailand where Canon has completed installation of the wind turbines. The clean energy from the wind turbine system will be distributed to light bulbs and other electrical appliances in each school's "Clean Energy Library by Canon", in order to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions which contribute to Global Warming.

Mr. Somkiat explained the background of the "Clean Energy for Green World", noting that it was initiated to mark 2009 as the 15th anniversary of Canon's business in Thailand. This CSR activity relates to the company's philosophy of "Kyosei", which focuses on "Living and Working Together for the Common Good" - Canon's policy to conduct business while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment. Canon is dedicated to producing innovative products that enhance safety, efficiency and are environmentally-friendly. The company has recognized that the clean energy generated by the wind turbines will be another important alternative energy source for Thailand now and in the future.

Student enjoys painting her own
wind turbine pencil.

Standing row, from 2nd from left: Ms. Wanida Charaswich,
School's headmistress, Mr.Likhasit Polchanngam,
Deputy Director of Chiang Rai Educational Service Area Office 4,
Mr. Somkiat Phaphon and Mr. Bamphen Binthaisong,
District Officer of Bansongpeenong.


In addition, Canon has also extended the clean energy program to benefit the students of the Song Phi-nong School, with the installation of two cultivating houses for soil-free plants or hydroponics produce, each with a size of 1x1.6 meter. The activity is intended to provide young students with the knowledge and learning to grow toxin-free vegetables, such as assorted salad greens, Chinese kale and morning glory which will be cooked for school lunches. The support will help solve the geographical challenge of the school's location - infertile red soil that is unsuitable for vegetable farming - and also avoid the use of chemicals for agriculture.

Canon has installed 15 wind turbines in rural schools across the country from September 2008 to November 2009. They are:

Central
Thai Rath Wittaya 70 School (โรงเรียนไทยรัฐวิทยา 70) Samut Songkhram
Bannongplub school (โรงเรียนบ้านหนองพลับ) Prachuab Khiri Khan
Thesabarn 8 Suan Son in Cha-um District (โรงเรียนเทศบาล 8 สวนสน ชะอำ) Prachuab Khiri Khan
Ban Wang Kwang School (โรงเรียนบ้านวังกวาง) Prachinburi
   
South 
Chum Chon Wat Cherng Sae School (โรงเรียนชุมชนวัดเชิงแส) Songkhla
Ban Kuan Sra School (โรงเรียนบ้านควนสระ) Suratthani
Ban Thung Kha Tanod (โรงเรียนบ้านทุ่งคาโตนด) Chumporn
   
West
Ban Songgaria (โรงเรียนบ้านซองกาเรีย สาขาพระเจดีย์สามองค์) Kanchanaburi
   
East
Ban Khao Thong School (โรงเรียนบ้านเขาทอง) Chantaturi
   
North East
Ban Thai Charoen School (โรงเรียนบ้านไทยเจริญ) Yasothorn
Ban Na-lom School (โรงเรียนบ้านนาล้อม) Udonthani
Ban Ba-yai School (โรงเรียนบ้านบะใหญ่) Nakhon Ratchasima
   
North
Ban Wang Than School (โรงเรียนบ้านวังธาร) Sukhothai
Ban Mai Chai Charoen School (โรงเรียนบ้านใหม่ชัยเจริญ) Phitsanulok
Ban Song Phi-nong School (โรงเรียนบ้านสองพี่น้อง) Chiang Rai

The 15th wind turbine at Bansongpeenong School, Chiang Rai province.


All chosen schools are in the process of development, possess geographical properties suitable for the installation of wind turbines, notably the required average wind speed of two meters per second and above; have sufficient grounds, with no structures obstructing the wind path; operate libraries using electrical power compatible with the one kilowatt of electricity generated by the wind turbines; and importantly, desire for Canon to take part in the enhancement of real learning experience for students and the surrounding community.

Besides giving out wind turbines, Canon has developed in each school a "Clean Energy Library by Canon" that uses clean energy from the wind turbine system. The electricity will be distributed to light bulbs and other electrical appliances in the library. Moreover, the company's support for books, teaching and learning materials, installation of the necessary office equipment for the schools' libraries, as well as improving schools' environmental landscapes.

The electrical current generated by the 1,000 watt-wind turbines used for the "Clean Energy Library by Canon" will help each school save around 6,000 baht a year in electricity bills (with electricity costing 4 baht a unit). The project also serves as a learning method for students to understand the mechanism of a wind turbine and how to generate clean energy.

Wind energy is ungraspable and unseen but tangible through sensations. It is a ready source of energy with high potential for humans to use, creating benefits for the individual, society and indeed the whole world. There are many advantages of using wind energy, including the fact that it leaves no residue or pollutants, making it one of the cleanest forms of available energy. It is also available for 15-20 hours per day, is renewable, sustainable and ultimately free, making it an alternative that Thailand should develop for long-term use. On top of these important benefits, the electricity-generating wind turbine system is a technology that is inexpensive to maintain once constructed, significantly reducing long-term costs.

"Although the activities in the first phase of the project are complete, Canon is still devoted to continue the mission in our second phase. We are committed to enlarge the efficiency of alternative energy for the utmost benefit of the Thai people and community in all parts in the country," Mr. Somkiat concluded.