Koror, Palau — is moving slowly but steadily toward achieving its ambitious goal of generating 20% of its electricity supply in the form renewable energy by year 2020.
This national commitment was in full display when another 150kW grid solar photovoltaic (PV) system was inaugurated at the Palau National Track & Field last Friday.
The additional kilowatt of power was made possible by the partnership between the European Union, Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Palau. The partnership is better known as the North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and
Energy Efficiency Project (North-REP).
EU Ambassador for the Pacific Andrew Jacobs said at the commissioning of the solar grid that this demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the regional collaborative effort aimed at addressing energy efficiency and energy enhancement through solar grid renewable energy.
The grid-connected solar system saves an estimated $105,000 per year in energy costs.
North-Rep is a project for Palau, FSM, and the Marshall Islands. It provides access to affordable and reliable sources of energy and is key to enhancing sustainable livelihoods and contributes to their economic growth and development.
The inauguration of the new solar grid was marked by the ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Vice President Antonio Bells, Minister of State Billy G. Kuartei, several members of the Senate and the House, governors and other officials from various governmental.
[Article written and provided by Ongerung Kambes Kesolei of Tia Belau]