World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


European Union and Tuvalu Inaugurate Solar Power System

Funafuti, Tuvalu
24 April 2014

For Immediate Release

European Union and Tuvalu Inaugurate Solar Power System

Less than a month after signing the contract, the European Union and the Government of Tuvalu today inaugurated a fully functioning solar energy module in Funafuti, as a demonstration of technologies which will roll-out to three outer islands later this year.

By the end of 2014, the three small islands of Nukufetau, Nukulaelae and Nui will be able to enjoy 24 hours-a-day of clean electricity produced by solar systems, as opposed to the current 100 percent diesel supply of electricity, which only runs for 18 hours a day.

"This clean and sustainable source of energy will allow the Government of Tuvalu to save up to 120,000 litres of diesel per year or about AU$200,000 in today's prices", said European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, who inaugurated the demonstration system in Funafuti today.

"This system represents one of the first deliverables on the ground of the EU/NZ Energy Access Partnership, less than a year after it was formed. In addition to the actual technology, this system demonstrates the strong commitment of the European Union to contribute to the partnership and to the people of Tuvalu.
"I would like to commend the Government of Tuvalu, the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation, the contractor CBS Power Solutions, and the EU Delegation for the Pacific for ensuring a quick and effective implementation, and hope that these efforts will be sustained in the future". (ENDS)

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

As Health Needs Rise In Somalia, Funding Hits New Low

As health needs rise in Somalia, funding hits new low, cutting off 1.5 million from care – UN More>>

Need To End Violence Against Children In Conflict

‘We should be outraged’ more not being done to end violence against children in conflict – UNICEF chief More>>

On Mandela Day, UN Joins Call To Promote Community Service

Nelson Mandela, then Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/P. Sudhakaran More>>

Some $3.2 Billion Needed For Ebola Recovery Efforts

Some $3.2 billion needed for Ebola recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – UN More>>

World Day: UN Spotlights Plight Of Vulnerable Populalations

Syrian refugees fleeing the fighting near the Syrian city of Kobani wait in a holding area before boarding buses in Turkey (September 2014). Photo: UNHCR /I. Prickett More>>

Afghanisatan: Direct Talks Between Government And Taliban

The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the recently held direct talks between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives as a step towards “peace and reconciliation” in the region. More>>

Eradicating World Hunger By 2030

Agriculture workers collect carrots on a farm in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Photo: World Bank/Maria Fleischmann More>>

Bangladesh: Flood Leads To UN Agency Providing Food Relief

Anwar Hossain unloads cartons of High Energy Biscuits from a pickup truck and transfers them to a distribution center in Kawar Khop union, Ramu upazila, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: WFP/Kamrul Mithon More>>

Ban Says World Must Act Now To Curb Climate Change

Alarmed by melting glacier in Norway, Ban says world must 'act now' to curb climate change More>>

UN Spotlights Data And Technology As Key To Sustainability

The importance of quality data and cutting edge information communication technologies (ICTs) is increasingly critical to the shaping of the future sustainable development agenda, the head of the United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP ) confirmed today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news