A solar power system was handed over to Tan Nhut secondary school in Binh Chanh district, Ho Chi Minh City on April 23, becoming the first among 10 local schools benefiting from an initiative funded by Japan’s AEON Environmental Foundation.

Under the 500,000 USD scheme, solar panels will be installed right in school campuses, helping them save 40 percent on their monthly electricity bills.

Speaking of the project’s benefits, Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Manh Ha said students will become environmentally-conscious and learn to recycle items and use renewable energy.

On the occasion, the foundation and the municipal Department of Education and Training signed an agreement to install the system in more local schools.

Since 2009, the foundation has presented this system to 15 Japanese schools. In the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), Malaysia has benefitted most from the scheme, followed by Vietnam.-VNA