FSM, Italy Fund Solar Power Project At Chuuk Airport
FSM Information Services
Friday, June 14, 2013
On June 5, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Manny Mori officiated the turn-over of the installed solar energy system at the airport to the Chuuk state government — the provision of which was made possible through grant assistance from the Italian government valued at $700,000. This grant will be divided in two phases.
The completed first phase involved the installation of 252 panels and five inverters along with other hardware for an approximate power output of 64 kilowatt hours.
Gov. Johnson Elimo, accepting the completed project on behalf of Chuuk, expressed gratitude to the FSM and Italian governments. He noted that the project was the first phase of a $700,000 grant that will assure electricity generation to the airport and assist in lowering Chuuk’s reliance on fossil fuels.
President Mori acknowledged the role that the late Masao Nakayama, FSM ambassador to the United Nations, played in seeking out and securing the grant. He then asked for all stakeholders for this project to shoulder their roles to maximize use and sustainability of the new technology. He also voiced appreciation to Bruton Enterprise, a Chuuk-based company that engineered the installation; the FSM Department of Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure, the receiving entity; Dr. Steve Winter who assisted Ambassador Nakayama; and the Chuuk Public Utilities Corporation which will manage the use of the system.
Mori highlighted the need for Chuuk leaders and land owners to work out land-related issues that have continued to complicate infrastructure developments for long-term state-wide benefit.
“This is the first and certainly not the last,” Mori said referring to the solar photovoltaic system that is connected to the main electricity on Weno Island.