Samsung’s Solar Powered Internet School Awarded ‘African Solar Project of the Year’

‘World first’ project honoured at the fifth annual Africa Energy Awards

29 March 2012

Samsung has been awarded with the ‘African Solar Project of the Year’ for its Solar Powered Internet School model – a world-first, exclusively solar-powered, mobile and completely independent classroom geared at increasing accessibility to education and connectivity across Africa. Several senior executives from Samsung Africa accepted the award at the fifth annual Africa Energy Awards ceremony, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg last night.

The Africa Energy Awards are designed to celebrate the continued growth and success of energy projects in Africa, focusing on the exceptional performers within the industry this year. The awards are widely regarded as a recognisable standard of industry excellence and innovation.

“Winning an ‘Africa Energy Award’ for our work on the Samsung Solar Powered Internet School is both an honour, and a testament to our investment in developing innovative technologies that meet the unique needs of the continent,” said KK Park, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics Africa. “Our goal was to create an environment that would facilitate learning for all communities in remote areas that otherwise don’t have access to education tools or internet connectivity. And we are pleased that its success has been recognised by this prestigious body.”

Samsung’s Solar Powered Internet School project was designed particularly for use in remote rural areas with limited or no access to electricity. The project was first launched in October 2011 in Boksburg, South Africa, and is now in Phomolong Secondary School, Tembisa.

The Solar Powered Internet Schools model addresses one of Africa’s largest economic challenges – electrification. On average, less than 25% of rural areas on the continent benefit from electricity, resulting in isolated communities with limited access to education and connectivity – both of which are key to fast-tracking a nation’s development.

The ‘Africa Energy Award’ awarded to Samsung for the project based on the following criteria:

  • The project / technology has been effectively implemented and assists in meeting the basic energy needs in the area.
  • The project has been successful in overcoming identified barriers.
  • Innovation in technology was used within the project / product development.

The initiative is exemplary of Samsung’s investment in CSR on the continent: a keen focus on education and harnessing the company’s legacy of innovation to respond to the felt needs of people on the continent.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 222,000 people in 205 offices across 71 countries, the company operates two separate organisations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognised for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit

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