COP23: Palau joins Solar Head of State

Palau to install solar panels on central government building: Symbolic of country’s aim to reach 45% renewable energy by 2025

The COP23 Climate Conference has been a special place for the Pacific this year. Today H.E Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., President of the Republic of Palau signed of the instrument of accession to the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) making it the organization’s 14th member. At the same time, the President, PIDF and Solar Head of State signed an MOU for Palau to benefit from the installation of solar panels on a yet to be determined government building.

The installation of solar on government buildings is symbolic of Palau and other Pacific states’ leadership on renewable energy and will serve as a physical embodiment of the government’s commitment to fighting climate change and using renewable energy.

The Pacific continues to demonstrate strong leadership by virtue of its ambitious renewable energy goals, including Palau’s aim to reach 45% renewable energy by 2025. Just last year Palau unveiled a new solar-hybrid desalinization plant capable of generating over 200 meters cubed of fresh water per day.

 SHOS Director James Ellsmoor presents the model of enagagement with Palau.

SHOS Director James Ellsmoor presents the model of enagagement with Palau.

PIDF Secretary General François Martel said of the event, “we are thrilled to have Palau join both the Pacific Islands Development Forum and Solar Head of State on the same day. This is a huge step towards greater intra-Pacific cooperation following the recent MOU with Tonga which was also done here at COP23.” 

Solar Head of State Director James Ellsmoor said, “COP23 has really highlighted the leadership of the Pacific. We are delighted that Palau has joined other island nations like Tonga and Jamaica to showcase solar energy in such a prominent way.”

As a member of PIDF Palau will benefit from a platform for cooperation between island states that prioritizes the re-balancing of the three pillars of development: society, environment and economy.

 Presenting the signed MOU between SHOS, Palau and PIDF. From left to right: James Ellsmoor (SHOS), Palau Environment Minister Umi Sengebau, François Martel (PIDF).

Presenting the signed MOU between SHOS, Palau and PIDF. From left to right: James Ellsmoor (SHOS), Palau Environment Minister Umi Sengebau, François Martel (PIDF).