Donnerstag, 27. Oktober 2016

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Sunpower for white lions

Deutsche Umwelthilfe, First Solar and juwi are providing solar energy to support a wildlife reintroduction project for endangered Lions in South Africa / The exemplary initiative sets an example for decentralized energy and the protection of biodiversity

(lifePR) (Berlin/South Africa, ) A solar energy system of great practical and symbolic value was put into operation last weeks on the grounds of a nature reserve near Kruger National Park. The decentralized solar power provides clean energy and an invaluable improvement to the local infrastructure for the eco-village built by the staff for the staff at the "Global White Lion Protection Trust". The white lions at the trust are part of one of the most ambitious wildlife reintroduction projects in southern Africa. The solar project was initiated through the cooperative efforts of Deutsche Umwelthilfe, the photovoltaic company First Solar and project developers juwi, who are taking a stand for the world's endangered species in this "Year of Biodiversity".

The solar system will convert Africa's sunlight to clean energy, meeting the full energy needs for employees and their families at the ecovillage on the nature reserve. Furthermore, excess energy captured during the day will be saved to batteries, providing needed energy to the reintroduction program during dark hours.

The founders of the "Global White Lion Protection Trust", Linda Tucker and Jason Turner, are battling for the reintegration of the last white lions into their original habitat in Timbavati, an area west of Kruger National Park. In indigenous cultures, White lions are a powerful symbol for the sun. These unique creatures are a rare variety of the more common brown lion. For millennia, African tribal leaders have considered them to be magical and holy creatures with supernatural powers. Due to their beauty and rarity, they are also highly desired by trophy hunters and have been forcibly removed from their endemic habitat over a period of several decades, into zoos and circuses around the globe. In the 1970s the last remaining white lions vanished from the wild. Thanks to the efforts of the Global White Lion protection Trust this rare phenotype is being reintroduced to their natural endemic habitat.

"We hope this initiative will stand out as a flagship solar project in South Africa and the region, as it reflects our wholehearted commitment to renewable energy and the highest standards for quality- a project worthy of the White Lions, King of Kings", Linda Tucker pointed out. The entire team greatly appreciated the generous help for the radiant support they have received from Deutsche Umwelthilfe, First Solar and juwi.

"Those who have witnessed these white lions and the overwhelming commitment of the founders of the renaturalization project will never forget the experience", says DUH-Managing Director Rainer Baake. "Protection of biodiversity is a humanitarian effort that can only succeed through flagship projects that break through cultural constraints in order to raise awareness of the issue - the reintegration of the white lions into their habitat is one such project." First Solar and juwi recognized this and did not hesitate to lend their support when DUH proposed the project," Baake emphasizes.

"With this initiative, we hope to inspire further deployment of renewable energy on the African continent", emphasizes Project Manager Fabian Jochem. Sun and wind power provide environmentally friendly electricity while contributing to sustainable development and poverty reduction in rural areas separated from a constant power supply. First Solar and juwi are committed to their corporate philosophies of comprehensive and sustainable development on this planet. "In addition to the use of renewable energy, this includes the limited use of natural resources and respect for living creatures and their habitats", adds Lettemieke Mulder, Director of NGO & Community Affairs at First Solar.

Further information on this project can be found at

About First Solar

First Solar manufactures solar modules with an advanced semiconductor technology and provides comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) system solutions. By continually driving down manufacturing costs, First Solar is delivering an economically viable alternative to fossil-fuel generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life collection and recycling, First Solar is focused on creating cost-effective, renewable energy solutions that protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit

About the juwi Group

The juwi Group was founded in 1996 by Matthias Willenbacher and Fred Jung. The CEOs together transformed the company from a two-person operation focusing on wind farm project development into an internationally active group with around 750 employees and an annual turnover of about 600 million Euros. In addition to wind, solar and bioenergy, juwi also specializes in hydro power as well as geothermal energy. The group has subsidiaries in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Greece, Poland the United States and Costa Rica. Willenbacher and Jung also share a common goal: an energy supply from purely regenerative sources - 100% dedication to 100% renewable energies. The "100% renewables" campaign embodies this goal. For more information, visit

Über Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.

The Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (DUH) is an independent non-profit association focussed on the protection of nature, environment and consumers rights. The mission and activities of DUH are the enforcement of sustainable economy and way of living, improvement of all aspects of environmental quality, especially in the following sectors: energy / climate protection, transportation, nature conservation, climate mitigation (especially support to renewable energies and energy efficiency), the protection of nature and biodiversity and environmental education. Core competences of DUH are coordination, public relations, and campaigning as well as consultancy for policy makers. The work program of the Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. covers a wide range of environmental and consumerism issues and addresses mainly on achieving practical results. The DUH builds up and cultivates strategic partnerships with environmental and industrial stakeholders, scientists and private enterprises and campaigns for a sustainable development and environmental friendly economy since a long time. Furthermore the DUH is working in the field of environmental education in order to rise ecological awareness. For further information:

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