Solar Photovoltaic Workshops in the Pacific Islands

When: 2008

Where: Pacific Islands

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • Transfer technological expertise for the implementation of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in the Pacific Islands

When: 2008

Where: Pacific Islands

What: Developing Technical Skills

We teamed up with the Pacific Power Association (PPA) to deliver two workshops on solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. These workshops increased the capacities of engineers and technicians from local utility companies to implement grid-connected and standalone solar PV systems.

The workshops were led by GSEP member Kansai Electric Power. The first workshop was held from March 31-April 11, 2008 in the Marshall Islands for the Northern Pacific Island utilities and the second workshop was held in Fiji from November 3-14, 2008 for the Southern Pacific Island utilities. A total of 38 participants from 19 utility companies attended the workshops. The participants attended lectures and took part in hands-on technical training sessions on the design, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of PV systems.

These two workshops were part of a series of human capacity-building programs GSEP has led in the region in partnership with PPA since 2005. With this program, we are helping develop local capacity and knowledge in the different aspects of energy project development and implementation in Small Island Developing States that are the most vulnerable to climate change. These workshops were particularly timely and well-received, as many utilities in the Pacific region are in the process of implementing country-wide electrification programs using PV systems.

Participating members and partners

  • Kansai Electric Power
  • Pacific Power Association
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