Monday 28 October 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –
Reliable and up-to-date resource data that is publically accessible is critical to private sector investment in renewable energy in Pacific Island countries and territories.
Effective planning for a sustainable energy sector is not possible in the absence of high-quality data. Data can take a long time to gather so measurement must be initiated well in advance of when it is needed.
The European Union-funded North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (North-REP) continues to work on improving the quality of life and reducing dependency on fossil fuels in the outer islands of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI).
As part of the project, seven wind resource monitoring masts have been installed in FSM, Palau and RMI.
In RMI, masts were installed for the Action for the Development of Marshall Islands Renewable Energies (ADMIRE) project in Jaluit and Wotje in 2012. In 2013, three masts were installed in Palau for the North-REP project at Ngardmau, Melekeok and Ngaraard. Two further masts were installed for the North-REP project in the FSM islands of Chuuk and Tonoas in September 2013. The masts are expected to be in place for at least two years.