Power to the peo­ple – Ge­n­e­sis En­ergy’s com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties

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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 .

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