8 Sep 2009

Solar panel units go to families in Malaita Province in Solomon Islands

10:39 am on 8 September 2009

The Minister for Planning and MP for Fataleka in Solomon Islands, Steve Abana is preparing to deliver 125 Solar panel units to families in Fataleka, Malaita Province.

The Solomon Star reports the donation was part of the MP's ongoing contribution to help families in Fataleka access free light and do away with paying fuels.

It reports the equipment costs more than 32 thousand United States dollars and is currently in Honiara ready to ship to his constituency this week.

Part of the consignment includes a waterproof battery kit, an 8-metre cable bulb, light shed, spear bulb and solar stand.

Tescho Company Limited from Brisbane, Australia has supplied the equipment.

Mr Abana says he send a message in the media this week to family households who will receive the solar units.

He says the Ministry will finalise the listing of people and carry out testing before the distribution begins.

Mr Abana says the assistance is part of his 2008 Rural Livelihood Fund allocation.

Already under the fund, Mr Abana has sent 23 solar units, last year.