PNG province signs large-scale solar deal

6:45 pm on 11 April 2017

The provincial government of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea has signed a deal with the China Electronics Technology Corporation to build large-scale solar power plants on the island.

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The newspaper PNG Today reported the New Ireland governor Sir Julius Chan signed a $US7.5 million contract with the state owned corporation last week for solar plants to power the towns of Kavieng, Namatanai and Konos.

Sir Julius said the solar power stations would be the first of their kind to phase into the PNG power grid, putting an end to the electricity problems and outages New Ireland had long experienced.

He said solar power would be a giant leap forward for the island to build capacity and sustain major new business and investment projects.

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