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US initiates Pacific clean energy program

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, February 16, 2013

THE vocational and training education for clean energy program was officially launched by the US Ambassador to Fiji Frankie Reed at the University of the South Pacific on Tuesday.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Arizona State University has implemented the vocational training and education for clean energy program to help improve the sustainability of renewable energy investments and infrastructure in the Pacific region.

Ms Reed said they were pleased to support the important program which would harness US expertise to help Pacific Island nations in sustaining solar energy investments and make them accessible and useful to communities in the region.

Permanent secretary for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Commander Francis Kean said the VOCTEC Pacific region program would certainly augur well with respect to each individual country's commitment to strengthening energy security and reducing the impacts of climate change.

"The VOCTEC Pacific region program is focused on training of educators and technicians on off grid photovoltaic (PV) technologies and the integration of socio-economic, gender and community impacts of solar PV," Commander Kean said.

"The VOCTEC Pacific region program would no doubt be of great interest to all our governments, particularly in the identification of gaps in training and capacity building needs for the effective implementation of policy initiatives by our Pacific Island counties."