September 27 (Renewables Now) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Nauru signed on Friday a USD-22-million (EUR 20.1m) grant that will support a solar-plus-storage project in the Micronesian island nation.
The ADB said that the grant, to which the Nauru government will contribute USD 4.98 million, will fund a 6-MW grid-connected solar park and 2.5 MWh/5 MW of battery storage capacity paired with the existing diesel generator.
Part of the funds will be used for training the staff of Nauru Utilities Corporation how to operate and manage the new system. The project will also incorporate gender targets in the hiring process.
Nauru’s main source of power is imported diesel fuel. Once the solar-plus-battery project gets online, it will raise the country's share of renewable power from 3% to 47%, ADB Director General for the Pacific Carmela Locsin said in a statement.