Power to the people – Genesis Energy’s community activities
Genesis Energy long ago decided not to put its money on a professional rugby player’s chest or a hoarding for the opera, but to focus on grass roots projects that offer major positive impacts for the local community. The company invests much of its community funds into initiatives such as Schoolgen, which brings solar power to life for school students in 45 schools. Schoolgen schools each have a two kilowatt photovoltaic system which generates electricity from sunlight. The programme provides teaching support and student resources focusing on solar power, renewable energy and energy efficiency. In sport, Genesis Energy supports the Secondary School Hillary Challenge, which gives secondary school pupils a taste of real competitive adventure racing in the Tongariro National park, as well as the Genesis Energy Lake Waikaremoana Challenge two-day multisport event for the adults. Genesis Energy is also proud to be the principal sponsor of Realise the Dream, The National School Science and Technology Awards. And closer to home it is also the major sponsor of the Huntly, Wellington and Christchurch Curtain Banks. They assist households to save money on their energy bills and to create warmer, healthier, more private homes, by taking in donated second hand curtains and refitting them for households in need. Many more projects are supported across the country. To find out more visit: genesisenergy.co.nz and click ‘in the community’.
Students from Vardon Primary School, Hamilton .