8 Jun 2009

Small Pacific countries to benefit from EU solar energy aid

3:44 pm on 8 June 2009

New solar power equipment donated by the European Union has arrived in the Marshall Islands for installation.

Five small Pacific island nations, including the Marshall Islands are getting 16.75 million US dollars from the European Union to improve energy efficiency by using solar power.

Other nations involved in the five-country EU grant are Niue, Nauru, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Several islands, including Palau, Niue, Nauru and Kosrae in Micronesia, are getting solar equipment that will be connected to existing electrical grids.

One million US dollars worth of solar equipment arrived in Majuro last week for installation in six public elementary schools on remote islands throughout the nation.

The Programme manager for the EU-supported Renewable Energy Project, Katerina Syngellakis says the big systems will provide for lights, computers, DVD players and teachers' office needs in the Marshall Islands.

Installation will begin at six schools next month and is expected to take about six months.