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Imported fuel costs drive search for new energy

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, July 9, 2009) – Plans are underway to set up a hydro project in the Kwara'ae region on Malaita province.

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua revealed this Tuesday during the independence celebration in Honiara.

He said the plan is part of Government's move to look for alternative energy sources to replace the high cost of fuel price.

He said in the energy sector, rural electrification and solar energy are being pursued, with facilities for funding assistance with the Central Bank and the coordinating commercial banks.

"As we all know, fuel imports are ever increasing and very expensive.

"Alternative forms of energy to supply power are being looked at.

"In this regard, the Ministry of mines has established a taskforce to look into possibility of setting up a hydro project for Tina river on Guadalcanal.

"Likewise, plans are also underway for find a good rive source in the Kwara'ae region to set up another hydro project for the Auki township, its surrounding communities and the proposed Bina harbour development.

"When these are up and running, they should decrease our dependence on fuel imports especially in the area of fuel consumption for the power supply such as the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority(SIEA)," he said.

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