The project, which is unded by a $US4 million grant from the Japanese government’s Pacific Environment Community Fund, will be administered by the government, with technical assistance from the Niue Power Corporation and the island’s private sector.
It will eventually provide up to 30 per cent of Niue’s energy needs.
“It means we will be able to reduce our dependency on oil,” Mr Talagi told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat program.
“We’re also hoping in the long term to bring our solar production up to about 80 to 90 per cent of our capacity, and eventually also to introduce electric vehicles on the island and reduce our fossil fuel dependency very much to just the bare essentials,” he said.
It expected that the solar power project will save Niue’s government about $AU110,000 a year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 329 tonnes per annum.
According to the Pacific Forum Secretariat, the governments of Samoa, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia and Kiribati have already successfully accessed the PEC Fund for national renewable energy and seawater desalination projects.
Originally from ABC