Palau Utility Signs Contract To Build Solar Power, Desalination Project

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United Arab Emirates funds renewable energy project on Peleliu

By Jose Rodriguez T. Senase

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, June 30, 2015) – The implementation of the "Solar PV and water Access Palau", a large-scale power-generating project funded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), comes nearer to reality with the signing of the contract between the winning bidder and the Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC).

PPUC CEO Kione Isechal and CBS Power Solutions (Fiji) Limited Managing Director Ajay Prasad signed the contract on behalf of their respective agency and company at the PPUC Main Office yesterday. PPUC Board Chairman Sam Masang witnessed the signing ceremony.

CBS Power Solutions has won the bid to implement the project. CBS Power Solutions is a trading company under Complete Battery Solutions Pty Ltd.

The company provides expertise and capabilities in a diverse range of energy efficient products and innovative Renewable Energy Technologies, Engineering Solutions for the power Industry. CBS Power Solutions also provides many different services in the field of power systems including project feasibility studies, designing, installation, commissioning, monitoring, training, maintenance, repairs and after sales/backup services.

Under the contract CBS Power Solutions will work with technical experts from MASDAR and PPUC to augment the existing PV array in Peleliu with a 100 kW solar photovoltaic installation and deploy two 75 kW low-load diesel generators in order to maximize the amount of solar energy fed into the grid.

The company will also build a 100 kW solar photovoltaic installation together with a 100 kW low-load diesel generator to provide power in Angaur, as well as a water treatment system capable of producing 50 cubic meters of potable water per day.

CBS Power Solutions role in the project includes Project Management; Engineering; Equipment Supply; Civil Works; Electrical and Communication Works; Logistics Testing and Commissioning; and Operations and Maintenance Capacity Building Program.

According to Prasad, the CBS Power Solutions team will be responsible for the delivery of the project.

"Our engineers will design and engineer the 600 kWp solar PV power plant. Our team will install the 600 kWp solar power plant, commission and integrate the PV plant," he stated.

Masdar, also known as the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, is a renewable energy company based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The company's mission is to invest in renewable energy and clean technology in Abu Dhabi and around the world for both financial and social returns.

Masdar is an important part of Abu Dhabi's efforts to diversify its economy beyond oil production. It pursues an "integrated, holistic" business model that merges higher education, research and development, finance, and the development of large-scale renewable energy projects and sustainable communities.

A Masdar representative will play a key role in the project; the person with authority will facilitate the approval process for all engineering design and work that requires approval. The Masdar representative will be part of monthly meetings, provide input and feedback and will play an instrumental role in the partnership to deliver the project successfully and on time.

Funding for the project comes from the $5 million grant provided by the Government of the UAE.

Prasad said work on the project could begin after 26 weeks when all the materials and equipment will be in place.

He said that it will take time to bring all the materials and equipment, especially the water treatment plant which will be imported from the United States (US).

Meanwhile, Tmetuchl Baules, the PPUC Director of Administration, said residents of Angaur and Peleliu will greatly benefit from the project.

"People in Angaur could have free electricity, while those in Peleliu could have their electricity charges cut in half," he said.

In addition to the projects for Peleliu and Angaur, the UAE is also providing support to the National Development Bank of Palau to reinstate its popular Renewable Energy Subsidy Loan Program. Up to one hundred 1.7 kW solar systems will be made available for this effort to connect homes and small businesses to the grid in Koror.

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