12 Oct 2017

Solomons to make solar panels - a Pacific first

8:27 pm on 12 October 2017

Solomon Islands will soon have its own solar panel manufacturing plant.

Solar Panels

Solar Panels Photo: RNz

The Taiwanese ambassador to Solomon Islands, Roger Luo, told the audience that leading Taiwanese solar manufacturer, Speedtech, would set up a solar panel factory in Honiara early next year.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reported him saying the arrangement followed a request by prime minister Manaseh Sogavare during a state visit to Taiwan last year.

Mr Luo said the factory would make the Solomon Islands the first country in the Pacific to manufacture solar panels.

He said he was very sure that it would lead to more Taiwanese companies exploring investment opportunities in the Solomons.