Tuvalu’s floating solar panels

The new floating solar installation on Tafua Pond in Tuvalu (Photo: UNDP)

In Funafuti, a small pond bordered by pig pens is now home to an innovative renewable energy pilot program, floating solar panels.

Tuvalu Energy Corporation General Manager, Mafalu Lotolua says the project is a response to the struggle to find space to install solar panels on the atoll.

“Landowners have their own plans for their land. So it's very difficult for us as the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation to have ground-mounted solar PVs. So that's where the idea came about, because of all these issues we have with limited land space, [with] negotiations . . .

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