By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea must protect its greenhouse gas emissions by using clean energy from the solar system.
Barefoot Power, a company’selling solar equipment has been promoting products, to help the campaign on global warming.
Chief Executive Officer, Rick Hooper, says solar energy is clean and affordable, suitable for rural communities of Papua New Guinea.
“We have installed over a million products, that benefits nearly over five million people,” Mr Hooper said.
Awareness on Barefoot Power solar products was conducted in Port Moresby today, attended by several National Parliamentarians.
Mr Hooper said Papua New Guinea has become the flagship, where products were tested successfully and now marketed in 33 countries overseas.
“If offsets about 36,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and generates a power of about 4.5 megawatts. Our product range starts from a very small firefly which is 11/2 watts and goes up to 160 watts per Bear Foot power refrigerator.”
Using solar equipment will power most rural areas, where electricity supply is unreachable.
Solar Solutions Managing Director, Jon Pittar, says that already Papua New Guinean’s have been using solar energy to power their homes placing a high demand in the market.
“No more kerosene and be get toxic fumes. Children are now able to study and read books at night.”
National Parliament Speaker, Theo Zurenuoc, was pleased with the Barefoot Power products.
He said, “its important company’s like Barefoot Power conduct awareness first, because the Government of the day, is concerned on consumer goods, to ensure its quality and last.”
“We as responsible leaders have to ensure that our consumers are protected.
“I thank Barefoot Power for their initiative in conducting awareness,” he said.