PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has thanked the Republic of China (Taiwan) for donating under its 2018 Clean Energy Project 11,000 units of solar lamps to Solomon Islands.
Hon Hou said the solar lamp project in Solomon Islands was originated from the ‘One Student One Solar Lamp program’, which began in 2011.
He said the whole idea and intention behind this ‘One Student One Solar Lamp program’ was intended to help Solomon Islands students especially in the rural areas with better lighting systems for their daily study.
“In that sense, no doubt everyone will agree with me that since the beginning of the program in 2011, this generous gift by the Republic of China (Taiwan) has benefited a lot of our school children in the country,” he said.
PM Hou said the worth of 11,000 units of Solar donated is SBD $3 million.
He said some of the latest features of the current version of solar lamps include the use of much brighter LED lights, which also lighter in weight.
“Furthermore these features include ability to switch to general battery, AM/FM radio, USB Port, increased power usage and shorter recharge time,” he added.
The PM said these new technological advanced features allow our students to see the benefits of the technology advancement.
Meanwhile, the intention for the donated lamps is for students and villagers in all the 50 constituencies of Solomon Islands through the Members of Parliament Constituency Development Officers (CDOs) in the Ministry of Rural Development.
This year each constituency should receive 220 units of solar lamps.
“This generous gift and support by the Republic of China (Taiwan) will continue to go a long way towards supporting Solomon Islands in striving to meet its educational goals and commitments in the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals and the Solomon Islands National Development Strategy 2016-2023.
“I wish to once again acknowledge and thank most sincerely the government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their continuous generosity and support to the government and people of Solomon Islands in lighting up our homes, you lightened up our hearts,” he added.