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Green power

Mary Rauto
Saturday, June 09, 2012

THREE regional countries will soon resort to renewable energy in a bid to improve quality of life.

And the European Union (EU) is funding the project with combined allocations to the Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Marshall Islands to cost $14.44million euro.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community in a statement said the countries were targeting their energy sectors to increase access to basic electricity needs.

Project team leader Rupeni Mario said the North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (North REP) was designed to provide access to affordable and reliable sources of energy that would improve the quality of life and reduce the dependency on fossil fuels.

Each of the countries identified energy as their priority and have chosen to pool their bilateral funds into a jointly implemented multi-country program, Mr Mario said.

It is special in that it addresses its primary objectives in a holistic and practical manner that tackles energy challenges with local solutions.

The project has focused not only on renewable energy and energy efficiency, but on an increased ability in each of the countries to promote, deliver and sustain energy programs through capacity building, creating an enabling environment, improved regulatory and legislative frameworks, and developing and strengthening national mechanisms to sustain these interventions.

Mr Mario said the primary reason for the project was to help reduce poverty through the promotion of social development by increasing access to basic electricity.

He also said it would help reduce dependency on fossil fuel through energy efficiency and increased use of proven renewable energy technologies.


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