H H Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, unveiled three small-scale solar energy projects in the South Pacific island nation of Palau.
The projects were developed by Masdar, Abu Dhabiâ€™s renewable energy company, with funding provided by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development as part of â€œCycle 2â€ of the $50m UAE – South Pacific Partnership Fund (UAE-South Pacific Islands Fund).
Commenting on the inauguration, H H Sheikh Abdullah said: â€œThree years ago, we launched the UAE-South Pacific Islands Fund to help support countries who share the UAEâ€™s commitment to diversifying their energy mix and advancing sustainable development. I am proud to see that the fund â€“ bolstered by strong government-to-government cooperation and through Masdarâ€™s effective execution and project management â€“ is fulfilling its mission of supporting countries on their green development journeys.â€
Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi commented: â€œAs the implementing partner of the UAE- South Pacific Islands Fund, Masdar has successfully delivered innovative renewable energy solutions to 11 South Pacific Island nations. These projects are supporting the South Pacific Islands to advance their national development priorities, including strengthening energy security, expanding energy access and driving economic growth.â€
Working in close collaboration with the government of Palau, Masdar deployed cutomised clean energy projects on Peleliu, Angaur, and Koror, three of the archipelagoâ€™s more densely populated islands.
In keeping with the innovative spirit of the UAE- South Pacific Islands Fund, each project features elements that meet the unique needs of the local communities. In Peleliu, the Masdar-developed 100 kW solar PV diesel hybrid plant features an advanced centralised control system that allows up to 90% of power needs to be met by solar energy during peak time.
Meanwhile, the 100 kW solar PV diesel hybrid project in Angaur powers a water treatment facility capable of supplying 200 m3 of clean water per day.
In Koror, Masdar delivered 100 1.7 kW individual solar home systems. Instead of delivering the systems directly to end users, Masdar provided the solar home systems to the National Development Bank of Palau, which offered loans to citizens for the instillation of the system, thereby incentivising end users to actively participate in the upkeep and maintenance of the systems.
The $50m UAE-South Pacific Partnership Fund was launched in March 2013 by H H Sheikh Abdullah, and is managed by Masdar, in close coordination with the Ministry and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). The fund covers project feasibility studies, engineering design, plant equipment supplies and installation, construction and operation and maintenance training.