Customer: Power Smart Solar Electricity
Contract: Construct Only
Location: Cook Islands and Tuvalu
Bringing renewable energy to the Cook Islands and Tuvalu
This project comprises two separate sub-contracts with PowerSmart for the civil works associated with the Cook Islands Solar Power Project in eight remote locations in the Cook Islands and four locations in Tuvalu. The scope of works includes construction of power station buildings with a marine grade aluminium roof cladding for the extreme local weather conditions, and solar panel array foundations.
Due to its isolated location, it was imperative that reliable health and safety and emergency procedures wereimplemented, particularly in Tuvalu where Cyclone Pam affected the islands. We employed and trained localpeople on the project where possible, and there was a strong sense of participation and ownership in thesystem by the Cook Islands community.
Rakahanga Mayor, Neti Tarau, expressed the appreciation of the people of Rakahanga to the Governments ofthe Cook Islands and New Zealand and all those who worked on the project. The Rakahanga community is already saving money by not burning diesel for electricity generation and for the first time there is a secure, sustainable electricity supply 24/7.