Named "Football for Hope. Energy for Hope." the company will supply the centers with solar installations for such things as power pitch lighting, computers and study rooms. Of the 20 centers, five are being built in South Africa and 15 in other African countries, including South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Mali, Namibia and Ghana.
"The FIFA World Cup offers an ideal opportunity for Yingli Solar to be involved with Football for Hope and to support the ’20 Centres for 2010′ project with highly desired solar power," Liansheng Miao, chairman and chief executive officer of Yingli Green Energy, commented. "Social responsibility is an important pillar of Yingli Green Energy’s core values. We are engaged in a variety of community-focused projects around the world – aiming to make solar power a sustainable and cost-effective energy for the world."
The campaign is part of the Football for Hope movement, which is using the power of the game for positive social change. It is led by FIFA and streetfootballworld, a social profit organization that links relevant actors in the field of development through football, and their affiliates such as Yingli Green Energy.