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Solar Energy For PNG’s Greener Economy

While negotiations are ongoing to develop a framework on Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, opportunities for Papua New Guinea to move towards a greener economy are present.

Office of Climate Change and Development Executive Director, Varigini Badira, said opportunities are in the energy and resource efficiency sector through renewable energy projects.

 

This was proven with the piloting of a Solar Farm in Paramana villages in the Aroma Coast of the Central Province.

 

A baseline survey report will be used as a case study to roll-out the programme to Sandaun, Manus, East Sepik, and one Highlands Province yet to be identified.

 

Solar Farming in the country has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector, and this can contribute towards the country’s emission reduction commitments (voluntarily) under the Kyoto Protocol.

 

If solar harnessed energy is developed properly, PNG has a big potential as the country is located geographically closest to the equator with a maximum of 12 hours of sunlight.

 

The Aroma Solar Farm is the first Clean Development Mechanism initiative in the country.

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