MRA Launches Solar Power System
The Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) will save about 60 percent of its annual energy bills averaging about K650, 000, with the launching of its new Photo-Voltaic (PV) solar power system.
The PV solar power system was launched today at the Mining Haus by the Chairman of the MRA Board, Mr. Benny Kimisive and Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Nathan Mosusu.
The grid-tie system installed on the roof-top of the Mining Haus has a capacity of 162 Kilo Watt. It will be used as a power source which will operate concurrently with the PNG Power Limited (PPL) grid, to supply the building’s power demand of about 250 KW. The system is designed to operate at optimum with the balance of the building’s power demand to be supplied by the PPL utility grid. This will have a great effect on the final electricity bills.
The project has been installed in partnership with PNG Power Limited (PPL). It is part of PPL’s project called the ‘Roof-top solar photovoltaic pilot project.
Mr Mosusu while officiating at the event, said the project is a demonstration of the MRA’s commitment towards achieving the government’s national strategic development plan of generating 25 percent of electricity from renewable resources by 2030.
He said we had been relying on fossil fuel for electricity and that this was the beginning of a paradigm shift towards doing things smarter using greener technology, and solar energy is a step in the right direction.