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JICA to implement US$ 11.1 Million Solar Energy Project in Male

March 28/29, 2010

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will extend a grant worth of 1 billion yen (US$ 11.1 Million / Mrf. 141,525,000) through "The Project for Clean Energy promotion in Male'". This Project is based on the Feasibility study conducted by JICA from February to November 2009 upon a request from the Maldivian Government to the Japanese Government.

The Grant Aid of 1 Billion yen for the project was signed by by H.E. Ali Hussain Didi High Commissioner of Maldives in Sri Lanka and by Mr. Akira Shimura, Chief Representative of JICA, Sri Lanka Office at the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka on 25th March 2010 based on the Exchange of Notes signed by H.E. Kunio Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives and by H.E. Ali Hussain Didi.

The objective of the Project is to promote the utilization of solar energy as an alternate and renewable resource of energy and undertake adaptation measures against climate change by reducing Green House Gases as planned in the Government 7th National Development Plan (2006-2010). The Project would also contribute to the Maldivian Government’s Strategic Action Plan as well as her policy of becoming a Carbon Neutrality Country by 2020.

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Under the project the Ministry of Housing, Transportation and Environment will undertake to install Solar Panels in 5 selected locations in Male’ such as the President's Office, Maldives Center for Social Education (MCSE), STELCO, Thaajuddeen School and Hiriyaa School for the generation of 400 KWh of Solar Power (Thaajuddeen School was reconstructed in March 2004 and Hiriyaa School was constructed in March 2009 under the Japanese grant aid project). The project for Clean Energy promotion in Male' will be expected to complete in October 2011.

JICA is the bilateral donor agency contributing to the economic and social development of Maldives through an on-going Japanese ODA Loan project for the rehabilitation of 7 islands' harbors, 3 islands' sewerage facilities, and on-going technical cooperation project for the capacity development of MHTE in the field of sewerage system, and dispatching 22 Japanese Volunteers as of March 2010.

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