Sunlabob adds to Marshall Islands footprint with 150 solar home systems
Sunlabob Renewable Energy recently finalized a contract with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to supply 150 solar home systems and related training in the Marshall Islands. The contract is a follow-up to Sunlabob supplying 1,500 solar home systems and local capacity building in the Marshall Islands in 2012.
Sunlabob will produce technical manuals to aid local technicians and also provide user manuals designed for homeowners using the solar systems.
The project is part of SPC’s Outer Islands Electrification Programme, an initiative designed to reduce high reliance of imported fossil fuels for electricity generation. In recent years, the Marshall Islands government has spent up to 20 percent of the national budget on fuel, creating an urgency to increase renewable sources of energy.
“Sunlabob is pleased to continue facilitating the Pacific’s transition to solar-based electricity solutions,” said Andy Schroeter, Sunlabob CEO. “Citizens of the Marshall Islands are able to experience that solar can offer more affordable, more reliable access to electricity.”
Sunlabob and SPC have a long history of implementing solar-based solutions in the Pacific, including the supply of 3,500 solar-powered lanterns and 70 lantern charging stations in Micronesia in 2012.
More recently in 2014, Sunlabob supplied 600 solar-powered lanterns in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea as part of the Million Miracle Program (M3P), a multi-stakeholder initiative led by SPC focused on access to electricity in Melanesia.