PMU steering committee updates on solar project implementation

Group photo of the Steering Committee after their meeting yesterday.
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STEERING Committee of the Project Management Unit (PMU) funded under the European Union-GIZ yesterday convened at SINU for updates regarding the solar project targeting Selwyn College and Solomon Islands National University.

A team of environmental specialists met yesterday at SINU for project officers to provide updates and reports regarding the progress under the Adaption Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE).

Report highlighted there is a positive ground work going on with Selwyn College and SINU; there is hope that the project will be fully implemented this year and next year.

Chairperson for Steering Committee and Under Secretary for Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Mr Chanel Iroi said yesterday’s meeting basically looked at the progress of the EU-GIZ project funded on climate change adaptation and energy programme.

Iroi said currently progress is good in terms of implementation of activities for this solar diesel power generation mini grid in a large boarding school at Selwyn College.

He hopes installation is done before the end of this year; currently project officers are working on designing ways for its sustainability.

With regards to SINU, Iroi said hopefully by first semester next year diploma courses of solar engineering will be offered.

“Progress is really good and exciting for this project because as we look at it, student will benefit from this project,” Iroi said.

Meanwhile, the steering committee meeting is aimed for the Committee to be informed around focusing and identifying risks and timeline issues that affect successful project implementation.

Also, for members to keep updating each other on key developments, policy changes or new legislation that affects ACSE projects and provide advice or clarification to PMU on the implementation, and review minutes from previous steering committee meetings.

Most importantly to ensure cross cutting issues and project implementation status are communicated within ministries and institution represented at the steering committee.

Attending the meeting are members from the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology and Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.

Representative from Solomon Islands National University, Selco, Solomon Power and few observers were also present.