26 Nov 2019

NZ company to help Tuvalu reach renewable energy goal

11:38 am on 26 November 2019

New Zealand renewable energy company Infratec has won a $US5.4 million contract to help Tuvalu towards its goal of 100 percent renewable electricity.

A road on Tuvalu's main atoll, Funafuti.

A road on Tuvalu's main atoll, Funafuti. Photo: RNZ / Jamie Tahana

Infratec will design, procure, build and commission a solar panel facility and battery storage system on Tuvalu's main atoll of Funafuti.

Once completed, the project will be Tuvalu's largest solar and battery storage asset.

It will also provide a foundation for more development projects, with Tuvalu targeting 100 percent renewable power generation by 2025.

The project, expected to be completed by November 2020, is expected to provide about 10 percent of the island's energy supply, saving about 360,000 litres of diesel each year.

Infratec will avoid rising sea levels by placing equipment above known inundation levels.

The contract is financed by a $US9.1m grant received by the Government of Tuvalu from the International Development Association of the World Bank, and the Small Islands Development States DOCK Support Program Multi Donor Trust Fund.