Kiribati is to get a grant of four million US dollars to develop solar power generation.
The funding is from the Japanese government's Pacific Environment Community Fund, which is administered by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
Across the Pacific, Japan has provided about 66 million US dollars for the provision of solar power generation systems and sea water desalination plants, or a combination of both technologies.
The Kiribati share will go to the 'Kiribati Solar Photovoltaic Grid Connected Project' and see the installation of a 400 kilowatt solar system that will be connected directly to the grid in South Tarawa.
It will supply about 3.7 percent of the total electricity production of Kiribati's Public Utilities Board.