'Solar for Lives' handover solar system to the first community hospital in Khon Kaen

KHON KAEN – April 29, 2022: Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd., led by Mr. Eiichi Koito, President and CEO, together with Mr. Egathi Rattana-Aree, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & General Administration Unit, donated the first solar system to Namphong Hospital in Khon Kaen province as part of its latest environmental project, 'Solar for Lives', as well as efforts to promote clean energy in the public health sector and propel Thailand toward a carbon-neutral society. Flagship electric car - Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has also been lent to the hospital to be used for its medical services.

Mr. Eiichi Koito, President & CEO of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) said, “Our goal in putting solar system in community hospitals across Thailand is to increase the opportunities of Thai people to access good health services while promoting the government's strategic goals in bringing Thailand towards a balanced carbon society. The project has been initiated through a strong partnership among the Ministry of Public Health, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), and the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) to enhance a collaboration between government and private sector to achieve our target which are to support the installation of solar system for approximately 40 community hospitals by 2032, also can reduce carbon emissions more than 17,300 tons throughout the project and save up to 400,000 baht per year in power expense for each hospital.”

“Namphong Hospital was chosen as the first hospital due to its urgent need to expand its facilities to accommodate more patients, as well as the hospital's location where direct sunshine shines, which helps solar panels produce power more efficiently. We believe solar system will benefit the local community members for both health and environment which associate with our CSR direction, ”To contribute and Grow with Thai Society” in 3 areas, Education, Environment, and Health.” Added Mr. Koito.

Under the project, Mitsubishi Motors Thailand is responsible for solar system installation and yearly maintenance.

“We truly appreciate support from Mitsubishi Motors Thailand and the project’s partners in providing the solar system to Namphong Hospital. The project has truly reflected the company’s direction to give back to society through the support to local hospitals to access the clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as indirectly increase the efficiency of the services and minimize the opportunity gap of healthcare services through stable and reliable electricity. We are very pleased to be part of this project which I reaffirm our mutual goal of seeing better lives of Thai people and sustainable development of the healthcare sector. I believe Namphong Hospital's use of solar energy will set a good example for other hospitals in other areas nationwide to follow,” said M.D. Sawat Apiwachaneewong, Inspector-General of Ministry of Public Health, Health Area 7.

Namphong Hospital, founded in 1971, is located on Mittraphap Road. The hospital serves residents of numerous districts, including Namphong, Khao Suan Kwang, Ubonrat, Kranuan, Mueang, and Non Sa-ard, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

M.D. Uros Singngam, Namphong Hospital Director said, “I am grateful that Mitsubishi Motors Thailand and the project’s partners have realized how the community hospital plays important roles for healthier life of people in Namphong and nearby communities. Namphong Hospital is considered a large hospital with capacity to accommodate 200 patient beds. There are averagely a daily patient population of 817 outpatients and 129 inpatients. The hospital can save electricity expense of the hospital. Installing solar system will also allow the hospital to raise awareness on environment preservation and encourage the use of clean energy among Namphong community members.”

Besides the solar system, Mitsubishi Motors Thailand has also lent one unit of Mitsubishi flagship electric car, Outlander PHEVs, for Namphong Hospital to be used for its medical services. The vehicle is an environmental friendly vehicle which can provide a maximum 1,500 watts to electronic appliances for outdoor activities and as a reliable source of electricity in an emergency or blackout. As the car runs by electricity generated by solar system of the hospital, it can demonstrate the example of sustainable and renewable energy eco system as well.

Mitsubishi Motors Thailand commits to its environmental goal of supporting Thailand in becoming carbon neutral. There are a number of green programs in place to reduce carbon emissions throughout all of manufacturing operations, including Reforestation, Solar for Lives project, and production of the electric car - Outlander PHEV that made its debut in Thailand in 2020. The company also installs a rooftop solar system at our Laem Chabang factory in Chon Buri, the largest manufacturing center outside of Japan, which can reduce carbon emissions about 6,100 tons per year.

About Mitsubishi Motors Thailand (MMTh)

Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the largest plant in the MMC group and an export hub to more than 120 countries, is one of Thailand’s leading automotive manufacturers committed to produce and sell a range of vehicles that are eco-friendly, high in quality, performance, safety, comfort, technology and customer satisfaction. In 2018 MMTh celebrated a total production of five million units, and officially opened Education Academy in Pathum Thani. MMTh’s current range of vehicles includes MITSUBISHI TRITON, MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT, MITSUBISHI ATTRAGE, MITSUBISHI MIRAGE, MITSUBISHI XPANDER, MITSUBISHI XPANDER CROSS and MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV. To ensure the highest quality, MMTh uses its proving ground in Si Racha, Chonburi to assess products from design and prototype stages to pre-production and commercialization. This ensures customers take delivery of vehicles that are second-to-none in all aspects of quality.

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