The Peleliu state is working on improving their existing solar power plant to help lessen dependence to fossil fuel.
Peleliu State Governor Temmy Shmull said in an interview with Island Times on May 5 that the plant is already around 45% operational.
“Hopefully when it is fully operational, it will help the people here and probably lower the rates they are going to pay,” Shmull said.
Shmull shared that the plant produces more power such that it does not only help run the water system but also supplement electricity in the island.
The Solar Power Plant, according to Shmull, was funded by a grant previously acquired by the national government to help develop a water system in Peleliu.
Shmull also shared that they are also working on a water distribution line on the southern part of Peleliu now that they are already able to extend the power supply in that area.
“We already have power there so we want to run the water lines over to that side of the island so that the young people can move there and build their homes,” Shmull said saying that the center of Peleliu is becoming congested.
The waterline project, according to Shmull, is already nearing its completion after its implementation was started last year.
Meanwhile, Palau is eyeing to meet its target to generate 45% renewable energy by 2025.
In a previous press conference at the Office of the President, President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. said that he is confident that Palau will meet its target.
“I am not only hopeful, I strongly believe it is possible,” Remengesau was quoted in our previous report, explaining further that with Palau’s small population, the country could easily switch to a more sustainable generation of electricity.
Remengesau previously said that 45% is an ambitious target for bigger countries but not for Palau as “it should not cost a lot of money, should not take a lot of resources, hardware, and technology. You successfully implement in Palau, bigger cities, bigger states will consider this good example that something small can contribute to something big,” he said. (Rhealyn C. Pojas/Reporter)