SolarWorld provides solar panels for POW-MIA kiosk at Vietnam Veterans Memorial
New National Mall display dedicated on National POW-MIA Recognition Day
HILLSBORO, Ore., Sept. 21, 2012 – SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, announced today that it has donated high-performance solar panels to power a new kiosk and display – located at the popular Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. – in support of U.S. military prisoners of war and missing in action (POW-MIA).
SolarWorld donated the solar panels to Rolling Thunder-Washington D.C. Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the memory of such U.S. military personnel from the Vietnam War. The installation was dedicated today, federally recognized as National POW-MIA Recognition Day.
“SolarWorld is gratified to be associated with Rolling Thunder and its dedication ceremony,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas, the company’s commercial arm based in Camarillo, Calif. “By providing Rolling Thunder with a safe, renewable form of energy to help operate its kiosk, we are helping the organization continue to educate visitors to the memorial about the need to advocate the safe return of POW-MIA from Southeast Asia, and all conflicts, and honor those who defend our country.”
The ceremony, organized by Rolling Thunder, featured Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee; Hal Koster of Rolling Thunder; John Stovall of the American Legion; and Matt Fletcher of MidAtlantic Contracting. Master Sergeant Rob Wilkins (Retired United States Air Force), of Rolling Thunder and Vietnam magazine, emceed the event. Frank Greenfield, eastern regional sales manager for SolarWorld, represented the company. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated 30 years ago.
Four SolarWorld Sunmodule™ solar panels power the kiosk, which replaces a propane-powered predecessor, which burned down in 2010. SolarWorld partners MidAtlantic Contracting Inc. and PowerUp acted as, respectively, contractor and installer for the kiosk.
Rolling Thunder has operated a booth in the National Mall since 1987. The organization uses the kiosk and display to educate visitors about missing service members and to sell patches and other military items to raise money to support veterans and advance POW-MIA issues.
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