Sustainability is at the heart of New Zealand company Infratec’s innovative projects to build clean green power systems on some of the Pacific’s most remote islands.
In July 2019 the company completed its latest project - four solar power plants on the Cook Islands, at a cost of NZD$16 million.
These have reduced the islands’ annual need to import 360,000 litres of diesel for use in generators, eliminating 960 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
“Our mission is to deliver renewable energy solutions,” says Chris Service, Infratec’s Pacific Business Development Manager.
“But we also want to create positive impacts for communities, businesses and the planet.”
The company also has projects in Solomon Islands, Nauru, Kiribati and Tuvalu, where it has focused on giving local communities the skills and knowledge to run and maintain their plants themselves.
“We’re deploying innovative technology, but the innovation we’re really proud of is how we engage locally to make sure there's added value for them,” says Service.