Today it was announced that solarcity and Infratech Renewables have been awarded a $780k contract to build a total of 170kW of solar photovoltaic arrays across two buildings owned by the government.
The project will deliver 5% of the Island's energy requirements commences construction this week and will result in the reduction of 62,000 litres of diesel imports every year saving the nation over $2 million across the lifetime of the system.
“Diesel generators are the main source of electricity generation for Tuvalu which leaves them vulnerable to global fuel price changes and often means they pay four times more for power than New Zealand. “ said Peter Apperley, Commercial Solar Director for solarcity. “We are proud to have been selected by the governments of Tuvalu and New Zealand to deliver this important solar project for the region to help combat these high prices and climate change.”
“We feel privileged to be playing a key role in assisting Tuvalu to achieve their goal of being 100 percent renewable by 2020.” said Micah Sherman, Project Manager of Infratec Renewables. “This is solarcity’s and Infratec’s second large scale project across the Pacific in the last 12 months having recently sucessfully completed our 960kW solar farm on Rarotonga.”
This energy initiative is part of a wider programme of sustainable energy across the Pacific that MFAT, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is supporting through the New Zealand Aid Programme.
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