Japan funds $1.6 bn for mega solar power plant

A Japanese $1.6 billion yen grant will help install the Micro-Grid System with Renewable Energy project for the Tonga Energy Roadmap, the Government announced Friday 31.

Installing the micro-grid control system at the Maama Mai Solar Farm,  the Tonga Power Limited will be able to expand its renewable energy power production capacity to include the Tonga Energy roadmap.

The assistance will also provide a 1 Mega Watt Photovoltaic (PV) generator at Vaini, with another micro-grid system which will be connected with the existing hybrid power generation system located at Popua village, government statement says.  

“Tonga has demonstrated its leadership to promote renewable energy in the Pacific and I am pleased to see that the Government of Japan has supported the efforts of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga,”  Japanese Ambassador Dr. Hamuro  said.

“With these control systems, the generators in Tongatapu can better coordinate each other so that it can minimize unnecessary loads and damages caused by fluctuation of power generation by PV generators, and improve the existing hybrid power generation system,” added Ambassador Dr. Hamuro.

The installation of the new systems is expected to be completed by the end of March 2015. 

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