18 Feb 2014

US$1m for renewable energy in Samoa, Cook Islands and Kiribati

2:45 pm on 18 February 2014

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme, or SPREP, has allocated one million US dollars to Samoa, the Cook Islands and Kiribati to help fund renewable energy activities.

Its PIGGAREP, or Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project, promotes energy efficiency.

The project manager, Sili'a Kilepoa Ualesi, says almost half of the allocation will go towards a solar power generation system on the remote island of Palmerston in the Cook Islands.

She says 250,000 US dollars will be used to install a biofuel mill on Abemama Island in Kiribati, and another 300,000 US dollars will go towards a biogas generation system in agricultural areas in Samoa.

"All of these countries, they have renewable energy targets and they want to pursue on whatever priority renewable energy source that they have confirmed to be visible for their countries."

Sili'a Kilepoa Ualesi says other countries that have received funding in the past include Tonga, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Palau.