Marshall Islands turns to Entura for renewable energy solutions

Solar is already powering the local water utility on Marshall Islands
30 January 2017

Specialist power and water consulting firm Entura has been engaged by the Asian Development Bank to deliver renewable energy strategic advice and solutions to help the Republic of the Marshall Islands to achieve its renewable energy target.

The Marshall Islands is a sprawling chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the central Pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and the Philippines. Like many island nations in the Pacific, the Marshall Islands is facing the challenges of climate change, which is the greatest threat to its low-lying atolls and to its people.

As part of its National Energy Action Plan, the country has a target of 20 per cent renewable energy generation by 2020 to reduce its reliance on diesel fuel and foster its transition to clean energy.

“Energy security and self-sufficiency are essential for remote locations such as the Marshall Islands,” said Entura’s Managing Director, Tammy Chu. “Diesel fuel remains the single largest expense to generate power in these remote locations, so using renewable energy makes good economic sense.”

Entura is working closely with The Marshalls Energy Company (MEC) to assist it to meet the nation’s renewable energy target. Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the work has three streams of activity: review of the local power system and preparation of an investment implementation master plan; review of financial management practices and tariff structures; and capacity building.

Read more on the Entura website.

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