Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Solar Power for Homes

State helps install solar home systems
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - -
The interim Government, in keeping its commitment to working towards promoting renewable energy, has installed a total of 700 solar home systems in Vanua Levu.
The initiative is part of the interim Governments overall commitment to providing electricity to rural areas.
According to the Director of Energy, Makereta Sauturaga, selected villagers in Bua, Cakaudrove and Macuata have benefitted from this development project.
The Solar Home System (SHS) under the Renewable Energy Initiative is one of the strategic areas pursued by the Department of Energy, with this intention coupled with our goal to provide power to remote rural areas under the rural electrification policy, the adoption of SHS is an important instrument in achieving these goals, she said.
The Solar home system is an individual home system that utilises the energy radiated from the sun which is captured by the solar panel converted to electrical energy and stored in a battery.
The energy stored is utilised for lighting purposes and also with a power outlet for a small radio.

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