9 Jun 2009

Six remote Marshall Islands schools to benefit from solar panels

11:24 am on 9 June 2009

The national utility body, Marshalls Energy Company in Marshall Islands says six remote schools will receive electricity for the first time once solar panels are installed.

One million US dollars worth of solar equipment arrived in Majuro last week and will be distributed among six public elementary schools on five atolls throughout the nation.

The project is part of the European Union-supported Renewable Energy Project in five Pacific Islands: Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia.

The manager of Marshalls Energy Steve Wakefield says education will improve once electricity is introduced.

"With the lights they'll be able to have light in the classrooms on rainy days. Also they'll be able to start using the classrooms at night time for additional teaching activities, community activities and things like that."

Steve Wakefield says the availability of power will also allow schools to purchase new apparatus such as photocopiers and laptops.