ADB’s Pacific Update report for 2013 details solar projects in five Pacific Island nations.
In the Cook Islands, the bank will be providing solar street lights as part of a $532,997.93 energy efficiency scheme, as well as supporting a technical and feasibility study for a 6 mega-watt solar system.
This is the largest portion of ADB’s overall 7.7 mega-watt solar scheme in the Pacific.
The proposed project would generate an estimated 8.6 gigawatt hours per year and give Cook Islands utility staff experience in integrating solar and other renewable energy sources into the grid.
The bank is also contributing to renewable energy projects in other parts of the Pacific, including Tonga, Yap state in the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa and Vanuatu.