Improved access to reliable electricity for Solomon Islands is one step closer with an historic agreement signed today with the Australian Government under the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP).
Australia is funding construction of a 22km transmission system to deliver renewable energy generated by the Tina River Hydropower Project to Honiara. This is part of our almost $60 million investment in this important energy project.
This critical piece of infrastructure will help provide reliable electricity for more people in Solomon Islands, alleviating pressure on household incomes and providing opportunities for improved government and community services.
The renewable energy produced will also enable Solomon Islands to meet 100 per cent of their international commitment for emissions reduction under the Paris Agreement.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne said that the deal was a vital part of the region’s economic recovery post COVID-19.
“Australia’s support will not only create local jobs in the construction phase, but also create longer term opportunities for the people of Solomon Islands,” Minister Payne said.
“Solomon Islands is more than a partner, they are our family, our wantok. Together, we can invest in the future of households, businesses and government services in Honiara via reliable renewable energy.”
Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja said that the project would be instrumental in supporting the economy of Solomon Islands.
“The Tina River Hydropower Project is a bold, transformational infrastructure project. Australia is proud to support the Solomon Islands in realising its vision for economic development,” Minister Seselja said.
Australia and Solomon Islands will continue to work together on opportunities, such as the Tina River Hydropower Project, that advance the prosperity, security and stability of the region.