by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Environment, People
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Back in June, Patrick Dempsey announced that global solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar would not only become a sponsor of his Dempsey Racing team – but also work with him to launch a new clean energy charity.

“It’s fantastic,” Dempsey said at a press conference. “I can’t thank them enough for signing on with Dempsey Racing and Trina Solar is going to make a big impact in a lot of different communities of just trying to reach out and understand who is in need and who can benefit from solar energy.”

In a new short film for the company, Dempsey educates on the power of solar energy to change the world – highlighting Trina’s philanthropic efforts that have already made a difference. “It rises every day,” he says. “It shows us what’s possible. The answer is staring us in the face.”

The press release makes clear that the “Grey’s Anatomy” star is not a company spokesman; saying he’s “motivated by a personal interest in solar power as an energy solution.” Apparently, he’s also planning on installing solar panels on his home in Southern California.

Oh – and for fans of McDreamy, his exit at the end of this season of “Grey’s” may not be as final as was once thought.

“It’s worth having a conversation. I have a family to support, and why not have a discussion about continuing?” he tells TV Guide in its upcoming Winter Preview issue . “The question is will I do a full season, a half season or come back at all? There are a lot of things I’d like to do: (car) racing, films … so if I’m able to balance all those things and continue on with the show, why not? There are so many other things than just the money. But it’s a nice position to be in.”

Check out the short film below.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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