Ports millions in energy cost
BY PRIESTLEY HABRU
THE installation of new light-emitting diode (LED) lights at the Solomon Ports area in Honiara will save millions in energy costs says itís Manager Commercial Glyn Joshua.
Joshua told the 10th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane on Thursday that Solomon Ports pay $6 million annually in electricity costs.
ìLED technology will assist Solomon Ports achieve improved energy savings and reduction in electricity costs, currently at $6M annually.
ìLED lighting will assist Solomon Ports in reducing Green House Gases as Solomon Ports is championing Pacific Green Port Initiative in the South Pacific.î
Joshua this LED outfit is the largest in the South Pacific and that the LED lighting will include both the International and domestic wharves.
He said the new 30 meter poles were supplied from GM Poles, who are based in Brisbane, Australia and lights from Jasstech Solutions, also of Brisbane.
ìThe lighting upgrade from 18 meter poles to 30 meters will eliminate shadows between container stacks and will also allow for 24 hour delivery service in the near future.î
Joshua said when all the LED lighting poles are erected, CCTV cameras will be mounted to increase security and safety for all port facilities and cargo.
ìAnd to keep track of all activities within the port and its boundaries. Solomon Ports has laid a large private fibre optic network in Point Cruz.î
Joshua noted that Solomon Portsí Security Compliance is audited yearly by United States Coast Guard and Secretariat of the Pacific Community auditors.
He said the costs for the installation of LED lighting is $12,000,000 and the CCTV cameras is $1,500,000.