KIRIBATI RECEIVES $6 MILLION FROM EUROPEAN UNION

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TARAWA, Kiribati (February 10, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Kiribati has received $6 million from the European Union to fund a rural electrification project.

The project will be implemented by the Kiribati Solar Energy Company to provide electricity to about 1,500 households and traditional meeting halls on the outer islands during the next five years.

The solar company has already successfully implemented a trial renewable energy based rural electrification program in three locations: North Tarawa, Nonouti and Marakei.

Finance Minister Beniamina Tinga said the European Union support will help improve living standards for people on the islands away from Tarawa and Kiritimati.

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