China donates solar lights to Pohnpei municipalities

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China made a second donation of renewable energy appliances to municipal governments in Pohnpei. This time Nett Municipality, Sapwuafik, Nukuoro, and Kapingamarengi were the recipients of the donation. The ceremony was hosted by the Nett Municipal Government. Nett received 6 solar street lights destined for the islands of Lenger and Parem. The outer island municipalities received home solar light kits (pictured below) to help outer island families have access to clean, renewable energy. Ambassador Li Jie pointed out that these solar lights can provide proper light to children in the evenings so they can do their homework and read. The donation was facilitated by the Care Micronesia Foundation’s Executive Director, Mr. Patrick Blank, who worked with PUC’s new General Manager, Mr. Nixon Anson, to review a recent PUC survey on renewable energies in Pohnpei and select the best placement for the new equipment. In his speech, Ambassador Li pointed out that these solar lights were purchased with donations from private groups and businesses in China. The first round of donations was made in June of 2015 where 30 sets of solar home lights went to Pingelap and 4 solar streetlights were donated to Mokil for community lighting. The Chinese Embassy looks forward to doing more projects with renewable energies in the FSM in the future.