Solar panels installed in 4 atolls

Ministry of Environment has completed installing solar panels in 4 atolls as part of the efforts to provide alternative means to generate electricity in all islands of the country.

The previous administration had launched an initiative in 2014 to generate 30 percent of the electricity in peak hours from renewable energy resources. The current administration aims to increase the capacity to 70 percent.

Speaking on a programme aired on PSM News, Assistant Engineer Abdulla Rasheed said expenses to purchase fuel will decrease significantly when renewable resources are used to generate electricity. He noted the administration spends 10 percent of the GDP per capita to purchase fuel.

Furthermore, the assistant engineer said the projects to generate electricity from renewable energy resources are a huge success in Maldives, adding the ministry has completed projected launched in Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Shaviyani and Noonu Atoll. He expressed solar panels will be installed in more islands as part of the initiative.

Fenaka Corporation Limited, which provides electricity in 149 islands, revealed electricity generated from renewable energy resources are provided for about 4-5 hours in the islands which has successfully installed solar panels.

Last March, the administration decreased the tariffs for electricity across the country. The administration has said solar power projects will be launched in 82 islands this year.