30 Oct 2009

Japan approves solar power plan for four Pacific nations

8:58 am on 30 October 2009

Japan has approved a 20 million US dollar solar power plan for four Pacific nations as part of a climate change mitigation program.

The Japan Embassy in Majuro says the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Tonga will each benefit from its Cool Earth Partnership programme.

The Marshall Islands grant will see solar panels and related equipment installed on the Majuro Hospital roof to feed up to 200 kilowatts of electricity into the power grid for Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands.

The power produced by the solar equipment will assist both Majuro Hospital and the Majuro community since it will feed power into the Majuro grid, helping the government's utility company to reduce its reliance on diesel-fueled power.

Japan's Cool Earth Partnership was established in 2008 with the goal of reducing carbon dioxide release to the atmosphere by developing countries, while helping countries affected by climate change.