Powering Advancement with Solar and Soccer (PASS)

We teamed up with our partner, U.S. Soccer, to announce a nationwide program called PASS: Powering Advancement with Solar and Soccer. This initiative combines the financial and educational benefits of solar power systems with the health benefits of exercise to schools in at-risk neighborhoods. Through this program we hope to get young people excited about caring for the environment and maintaining active lifestyles.

Bringing the Benefits of Solar and Soccer to Undeserved Communities

We believe there are two never-ending resources in every community around the world – the power of the sun and the power of play. In May 2012, we joined our partner, U.S. Soccer, to bring the two together and help effect positive change in the lives of underserved communities across the U.S. This new nationwide program is called PASS: Powering Advancement with Solar and Soccer. The initiative combines the financial and educational benefits of solar power systems with the health benefits of exercise to schools in at-risk neighborhoods. Through this program we hope to get young people excited about caring for the environment and maintaining active lifestyles.

To kick-off the PASS program, Yingli Green Energy and U.S. Soccer donated a 5 kW solar energy system to the KIPP DC WILL Academy public charter school in the capital's Shaw neighborhood.  Members of the U.S. Men's National Team, Maurice Edu and Oguchi Onyewu, led a soccer skills clinic for students, and helped to empower the school's growing soccer program.

We look forward to building the PASS Program and continuing to lead the effort to bring the power of solar and the power of soccer to communities in need.