18 Jun 2021

Solomons signs electricity agreement with Australia

12:57 pm on 18 June 2021

Improved access to to reliable electricity is a step closer in Solomon Islands after it signed an agreement with Australia.

Australia is funding construction of a 22km transmission system to deliver renewable energy generated by the Tina River Hydropower Project to Honiara.

Tina River on Guadalcanal

Tina River on Guadalcanal Photo: supplied

This is part of an investment of around US$45 million by Australia in the Solomons energy project, which is being implemented under the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific.

According to Australia's government, the electricity infrastructure will help alleviate pressure on household incomes, and provide opportunities for improved government and community services.

It said the renewable energy produced will also enable Solomon Islands to meet 100 percent of its international commitment for emissions reduction under the Paris Agreement.

Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Marise Payne said the deal was a vital part of the region's economic recovery from the impacts of Covid-19.

"Australia's support will not only create local jobs in the construction phase, but also create longer term opportunities for the people of Solomon Islands," she said.

"Solomon Islands is more than a partner, they are our family, our wantok. Together, we can invest in the future of households, businesses and government services in Honiara via reliable renewable energy."