Construction has started on the formation of four solar PV plants in Kiribati, Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu that will bring 1.8 MW of clean energy to the island nations.
Constructed by funding from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, UAE renewable energy company Masdar has begun structure on four solar PV projects in the Pacific Islands region.
The $50 million, 1.8 MW project will see solar added to four Pacific Islands nations as part of the UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund. Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are the selected sites for the PV plants, which once finished will give to fuel savings of around $2 million per annum.
These four projects embody Masdar’s second solar venture into the country after the Abu Dhabi-based company finished the La’a Lahi ‘Big Sun’ solar plant in Tonga in November 2013. Masdar also contracted a wind farm in Samoa in August this year 2014 as part of the UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund.
To this point, 2.8 MW of clean energy has been set up across six nations in the Pacific, justifying the effects of 1.5 million liters of diesel fuel, or 4,450 tons of C02 emissions a year.
Further than the Pacific region, the UAE has ascended its responsibility to support the improvement of solar and renewable energy projects in a handful of other sites, including a $350 million cooperation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to back projects in Sierra Leone and Ecuador, in addition to the creation of a 15 MW solar PV plant in Mauritania and a big off-grid PG project in Afghanistan.