Major Projects

PV Solar Of Grid Power System Fish Centers on Outer Islands.

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The PV-Solar off Grid System for fish center project was initially requested by the Ministry of Fisheries through the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy where the project proposal was submitted to the Italy Ministry of Environment Land and Sea for funding. The projects aim to upgrade an existing solar grid systems installed on the 8 nominated islands in the Gilbert group and install a new solar system on 2 islands in the Line group into a 3 phase solar off- grid system to support the operation of the fish centers more effectively and affordable and readily available power.

The existing single phase solar grid system installed in the Gilbert group has the capacity of 3.4 kW which is not sufficient and able to power the Ice maker machine running on 3 phase power. Previously, the Ice maker was hooked up independently to a 20kVA generator during ice making process. In this project the excess energy from the proposed new three phase stand-alone PV systems will be utilized to provide enough power to run all freezers, water pumps including the Ice maker machine to address the burden of expensive operating costs now hampering all outer island Ice Plants due to high fuel costs and the unreliable shipment schedule of fuel to the remote islands as well as gen-set maintenance.


Phase I of this project covered 10 outer islands namely Makin, Marakei, Kuria, Nonouti, Tab-south, Onotoa, Tamana, Arorae, Teraina and Tabuaeran.

Phase II of this project is in progress and expected to completed in August 2019. This phase covering 10 islands as well namely; Butaritari, Abaiang, North Tarawa, Maiana, Abemama, Aranuka, Tabiteuea Meang, Beru, Nikunau and Banaba.

The total project fund approved for phase I of the project is $753,403.00 USD and phase II is $764,839.00 USD.

Main information


Key Actions /Objectives

The project “ PV Solar Of Grid Power System Fish Centers on Outer Islands Projec” specific objectives are as follows:

  1. To install solar off grid system to generate and supply 24/7 hrs electricity to the ice making machine, freezeers to store fish, lamps to provide adequate lighting within the ice plant buildings and computer set for the Fisheries Island Agent.

  2. To reduce Operation and Maintenance (O&M) costs of the systems. Reduction in Fuel cost and added energy saving. Without a reliable electricity supply quality of fish kept in the chest freezers will be ruined as well as ice flakes production would not be possible.

  3. Improve the skills and knowledge of local fishermen and other interested people in fishing activities on the outer islands. The energy saving generated from diesel costs can be utilized to provide assistance to conduct communities fishing training, purchases of fishing gears and sales at minimal prices on the outer islands.

  4. Extend opportunity in fishing activities on the outer islands. People who previously could not buy expensive fishing gears can purchase these gears at an affordable price. Conversely, increase in number of catch will elevate the expected household income from fishing,.



Project Coordinator

The project is controlled by KIIREP Committee chaired by Secretary Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy. Project Proponent is Energy Planner from Energy Planning Unit MISE.


Contact Person name

Rural Energy Planner appointed by KIIREP Committee and Project Proponent to manage the project and a contact person in this project.


Contact person email

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Project Partners


Ministry of Fisheries and Mineral Resource Development (MFMRD), Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), Ministry of Infrastructure Sustainable Energy (MISE) and Kiribati Solar Energy Company (KSEC)


Major Components

Components of the project are divided into three phases.

Phase 1: Site Survey, MOU signing, Tender and Mid Report

Phase 2: Material Delivery, Material Dispatch Outer Islands, Installation and training.

Phase 3: Commissioning and Handover, Monitoring and Evaluation, Final Report submission.

All reports will be submitted to the project sponsor- Italy Ministry of Environment, Land and Seas (IMELS).


Design or Implementation status

The project is now in implementation status. It is expected to conclude phase II by the end of August.



First of all, People in the outer islands are benefit from this project by upgrading Fish Center in the Outer islands where people can store their daily catches to maintain the freshness of the fish. This will save more time for people in outer islands by going out fishing everyday in order to get a fresh fish. Also can sell out their catches to the Fish Centers and earn extra incomes from their catches.

Fish Centers can export fresh fish to main island (Tarawa) and can help to develop outer islands economy.

Helps Government of Kiribati to achieve its mission and vision in Fisheries as well.



Phase I of the project completed in November 2017 and Phase II started in November 2018 and expected to complete late August 2019.



Phase I: USD 753,403.00

Phase II: USD 764,839.00



Donor/Financial supporter

Government of Italy through Italy Ministry of Environment, Land and Seas

 Project’s results

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Result 1



Phase I: Completed all 10 islands covered in this phase are now operating their fish centers as a result Arorae and Onotoa are start exporting their product to Tarawa.

Photo: Arorae Solar Power control system


Photo: Onotoa Fish Center Solar Control system. Witnessed by MISE Staff



Result 2


Phase II: In progress - Delivery of materials to outer island will be executed late May 2019.


Photo: MISE Staff, KSEC and MFMRD Staff conduct Site survey and Maintenance to Ice Maker in Butaritari.


Photo: MOU signed Aranuka Island



During implementing and driving this project, there are few challenges that encountered during the execution of the project.

  1. Transportation to the selected islands had delayed the completion to some of the project activities such as site survey, installation, commissioning and Monitoring. It would have been possible to complete the project activities within 2 to 3 weeks but unfortunately flight were always fully booked when reservations were made.

  2. Release of the project grant. The process of releasing the grant from the Ministry of Finance takes time to go through the procedure of approval before it could be release. Purchasing of materials with a quotation that is exceed the amount of $50,000 AUD have to go through the procurement committee which takes 2-3 again for approval.

  3. Time management is another challenges encountered during the execution of the project since this is not the only project that EPU working on but there are few project that are run parallel including other activities that are part of the daily task of the Ministry.

Last Updated

Update date: 15th May 2019

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