Aramco Hope Trees light up Korean communities

Aramco Korea’s Representative Director Fahad A. Al-Sahali (second from left) poses for a photo with Korea Energy Foundation’s Secretary General, Choi, Young-sun (second from right), Aramco Korea’s Deputy Managing Director Keunsung Park (far left), and Korea Energy Foundation’s Executive Director Cho, An-ho at the donation ceremony held in Korea Energy Foundation headquarter building in Seoul.

Aramco Asia Korea Ltd. (Aramco Korea), a fully owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, presented a donation to the Korea Energy Foundation today, to support the installation of five solar-powered Aramco Hope Trees, as part of the corporate citizenship endeavor for the benefit of local communities where it operates.

With this donation, the Korea Energy Foundation plans to install the five Aramco Hope Trees in local communities including parks in the areas of Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, and Gangwon-do provinces by the end of the year.

With an annual capacity of 4,820 kilowatts, the solar-powered streetlights, known as Aramco Hope Trees, will bring light to parks frequented by local residents. The trees will also offer charging services and benches, so that passers-by can relax and power-up their phones while out and about.

At the donation ceremony held at the headquarters of the Korea Energy Foundation in Seoul, Fahad A. Al-Sahali, Aramco Korea's representative director, remarked, “We believe that Aramco Korea's partnership with the Korea Energy Foundation, and our engagement to build the solar-powered Aramco Hope Trees, will add convenience, safety, and sustainability to the communities. Aramco Korea will continue to actively fulfil its citizenship responsibilities through a wide array of innovative and community-specific initiatives such as the Aramco Hope Trees with Korea Energy Foundation.”

The Korea Energy Foundation, a state-run energy organization under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, is dedicated to providing solar power-themed community services for welfare facilities and the underprivileged.

Youngsun Choi, secretary general of the Korea Energy Foundation said, “We hope Aramco Hope Trees will transform the dark and small parks into safer communities, where local residents can walk and mingle, even at night. We'd like to express our deep appreciation to Aramco Korea for its continuous support for designing and manufacturing Aramco Hope Trees.”

Established in 2012, Aramco Korea has made a broad range of community outreach efforts, including support for environmentally friendly energy facilities, and merit-based scholarships for university students with disabilities.

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