The project to install off-grid 5kw solar power systems in three elementary schools in the remote south west islands of Sonsorol, Pulo Anna, and Hatohobei was recently completed in November 2021. The installation of the solar power systems in the three elementary schools will greatly benefit students, teachers and the entire population. The solar power systems will provide energy access to 22 children and their teachers which will enable them to use digital devices and related equipment for learning. The solar power systems will also provide power during disasters as the schools will be used as evacuation centers for the communities.
The installation work was made possible with the collaboration of partner agencies, which included the Ministry of Education, National Emergency Management Office, Palau Energy Administration, Palau National Communications Corporation, Sonsorol State Government, and Hatohobei State Government.
Furthermore, with the cooperation of the Division of Maritime Security and Fish and Wildlife Protection, the technical teams and components of solar power systems were transported from Koror to Sonsorol, Pulo Anna, and Hatohobei islands by “KEDAM”, provided by the Nippon Foundation, a Japanese organization, and “REMELIIK II”, provided by Australia.
The installation of the solar power systems has been completed with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji, through the Japan funded Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience (EDCR) project.
The Ministry of Education extends is sincere appreciation to Japan Government and UNDP for funding support for this project. Moreover, the Ministry is extremely grateful for the great support of local partner agencies in undertaking the required logistics and installation work to successfully implement this project.