by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Samoa is one island nation in the Pacific that plans to rely 100 percent on renewable energy for its electricity by 2025.
Early this month, the island nation signed a multi-million agreement with the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) to boost its renewable energy projects.
The agreement will see a total of US$6.07million (T$14m) support Samoa’s renewable energy projects, biomass and other community energy development initiatives.
With its objective to rely for 100 percent electricity on renewable energy by 2025, this financial agreement will boost current projects, establish new hydro power plants, rehabilitate those destroyed and improve community energy development projects.
Of the total, Samoan Observer reports 50 percent of the fund will be utilised in the biomass projects, and the other 50 percent in community energy development projects. This will ensure access to energy needs is affordable and easy for its residents.
Now with the signed agreement with UNDP, the financial support will enable Samoa to commit to the Paris Agreement and also achieve Sustainable Development Goal number 7 – affordable clean energy.
Source: Radio New Zealand