The United Arab Emirates and New Zealand will co-fund a 1-megawatt solar project in Honiara in the Solomon Islands.
The project is an initiative of the New Zealand Aid Programme will be developed by Masdar. It will bring clean, reliable power to the grid in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. Once operational, it will meet 7% of the Solomon Islands’ energy needs and reduce CO₂ emissions by over 1,200 tonnes while saving over approximately 450,000 litres of diesel annually.
The solar PV plant is part of the US$50 million United Arab Emirates Pacific Partnership Fund established in 2013 to develop wind and solar projects to support economic and social development across 11 Pacific island nations with projects being delivered by Masdar and funding provided by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.