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JICA Solar Farm Pilot Project in the Solomon Islands

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Submitted by Amali Shaw on October 3, 2016 - 2:34pm
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On June 2015, JICA officially handed over the Solar Project at the SIEARanadi Car Park to the Minister of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE). 

In October 2013, JICA held discussions with the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) regarding the pilot project survey which was implemented in collaboration with Okinawa-Kobori Electric Company Ltd in Japan.

In June 2014, the construction of the Pilot Survey officially began at the SIEA parking lot in Ranadi. The system installed is a grid connected 50 kW Photovoltaic (PV) system with no storage as this was considered appropriate by the Survey team. On the 23rd of August 2014, the installation was completed and formally commissioned.

Since the Survey project’s commissioning in August 2014, the solar farm has generated approximately 60,000 kWh of energy thereby displacing a total of 16,000 litres of diesel, which is equivalent to over 80 drums of diesel fuel at a cost of approximately SBD 145,000. This Solar Farm supplies a substantial part of the electricity needs of the SIEA offices at Ranadi complex. This pilot project will be a precursor to more such Solar Farms in Solomon Islands, thereby reducing dependence on expensive diesel.


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Technical assistance & cooperation

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