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New Ireland has launched its solar power plant at Konos.
It is reported to be the first in the country.
At Konos Station in Central Local Level Council area, the place was a buzz as people turned up to witness what is described as a life changing event.
Thousands of locals, including 104 community awareness participants from the Tanir and Sentral LLG, the Catholic clergy, New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan, Executives from the New Ireland Government and Administration, Works Department, Niu Ailan Savings and Loans society respective contractors Zenith construction and China Railway Construction Group turned up.
Other development projects launched last Friday were Niu Ailan Savings and Loans Society and a council chamber at Konos.
The Konos Solar plant will generate 0.11 megawatts of energy and is powering up the entire Konos township.
Government offices, police station and the Central Council Chamber will greatly benefit.
The solar plant was funded by the New Ireland Government’s business arm New Ireland Development Corporation through an Invest, build, operate and transfer arrangement.
The project took close to a year to complete after it was launched last year along with the Namatanai Solar power plant which is also expected to be officially completed in the coming weeks.
The Solar energy to be produced at Namatanai 0.4 megawatts.
“This is a historical moment for Konos, New Ireland and the country. We have become the first province to successfully connect an entire township to a solar power grid. Today we are harnessing clean energy straight from the sun. It took longer than expected to complete but we have accomplished our mission,” Sir Julius Chan said.
The Solar power project will be managed independently by the New Ireland Government’s Business arm- the New Ireland Development Corporation (NIDC). Users will be asked to pay a small fee to ensure sustainability of the power supply system.