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Fish Center Solar Power

Sector Title Installation of Solar Power System at the Outer Islands
Implementing Agency Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development
Project

Summary

 

 

Lead Partner Outer Island Council (Fishing Center) ;Abemama, Marakei, Tab South, Tab North, Maiana, Onotoa, Beru, Aranuka, Abaiang and Makin.

Financing

Taiwan: $71,583.00
Development Objectives

The key objectives of this project include the following:

  • To install Solar off-grid System to generate and supply 24/7hrs electricity to the ice making machine, freezers to store fresh fish, lamps to provide adequate within the Ice Plant buildings and Computer set for the Fishery Islands Agents.
  • To reduce Operation and Maintenance (O&M) costs of the systems. Reduction in fuel costs and energy saving generation. Without electricity reliability, quality of fishes keep in the chest freezers ruin and ice flakes production would not possible.
  • Improve the skills and knowledge of local fishermen and other interested peoples in fishing activities on the outer islands. The energy savings generate from the diesel fuels costs can be used to provide funding assistance to conduct communities fishing trainings, purchase of fishing equipment and sales at minimal prices on the outer islands.
Outputs

The outputs expected to be derived from the project are appended below:

  • High expenditure of fuel will be decreased
  • High consumption of fuel will be declined
  • The standard of living of all the people on these selected islands will be improved
  • Ice flakes will be provided to fishers to prevent fish spoilage and allow storage of fish in time of bad weather
  • Provision of good quality fish for marketing on the island
  • Provision extensive storage of well-iced fresh fish products accommodation minimal and maximum catch,
  • Prolonging the self-live of fish products using ice,
  • More employment created through the operation of the centre hence more income generated.
Project

Background

  • Since the operation of the Fishery Centres for about less than two years, it was reported by the Island Council that there was one critical problem they were facing which was a high increase of fuel cost. Most of the Fishery Centres were closed down as they could not afford the fuel with a high consumption of fuel.
  • Supplying of Solar Power to fish centres on outer islands would help to cease the problem of using fuel to run the ice making machine. It also contributed in worth savings of dollars spend in fuel, realising that at earlier times the 3-phase generator is supplying power to both the 3-phase loads and single phase loads. The generator may have worked in full capacity and thus fuel rapidly consumed for the entire time with more cash spent in fuel.
  • Therefore, the initial plan now is to isolate the generator from single-phase loads such as chest freezers, fluorescent lights, and computers, in hope to decrease the operational cost of the generator by lessening fuel consumption.
Status Last Quarter The installation of Solar Power Systems at the 10 islands is almost completed.  The installation has been completed on Abemama, Marakei, Tab South, Tab North, Beru and Makin.  The remaining 4 islands will be installed in January 2017.  These island include Maiana, Onotoa, Aranuka and Abaiang.
General The installation of Solar Power Systems at the 10 islands is almost completed.  The installation has been completed on Abemama, Marakei, Tab South, Tab North, Beru and Makin.  The remaining 4 islands will be installed in January 2017.  These island include Maiana, Onotoa, Aranuka and Abaiang.
Coordination Issues No issues encountered during the installation.
Project Monitoring Issues Monitoring is conducted by Fisheries Division and Kiribati Solar Energy Company.