Sunpower E20 solar panel. Photo credit: Floating Impressions.

Sunpower E20 solar panel. Photo credit: Floating Impressions.

A team is currently in Malaita conducting solar inspections in the North Malaita region.

The inspections are part of a two year guarantee period of a solar project the Japanese International Cooperation Agency funded in the region.

Implemented by SPC’s Pacific Environment Community fund, the 4-man team will visit households to inspect and ensure that their solar panels are working properly.

SIBC’s North Malaita stringer, John Andrew Kiri reports the team found the solar systems to be intact and working at their original state.

“The positive results produced by the four man team after checking the solar systems, indicates that they are still working in good order. Finally, the total recipients, 7-hundred in all, starting from ward six in West Fataleka, West Baelelea, wards seven, eight and nine, To’obaita and wards 10 and 11 in East Baelelea and Lau have acknowledged the Japanese government through JICA in supporting rural lives in the Solomon Islands, especially people in North Malaita.”

The Pacific Environment Community is an initiative that emerged from the fifth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting Summit, PALM 5 held in May 2009 with the Government of Japan in Hokkaido, Japan.

Under the funding, each Pacific Island Country is provided with an indicative allocation of 4-million US dollars to support projects on solar power generation systems and sea water desalination plants, or a combination of both.

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