Panasonic NZ and SolarCity partnered up over a year ago to collaborate on projects throughout the South Pacific region, and have won a tender to power a new desalination plant on the Pacific island of Nauru.
They'll showcase the Nauru project at this week’s Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland, which is being hosted by the EU to generate additional investment in innovative solutions for the islands.
The US$4m ($4.8m) project is currently underway, with installation not far off completion.
SolarCity chief executive Andrew Booth said the companies were primarily targeting large scale "state-of-the-art solar projects" designed to reduce dependency on fossil fuels for power generation and desalination.
"Reliable access to energy lies at the heart of economic development and is crucial to human well-being," he said. "As climate change starts to impact on the availability of fresh water on the islands, the successful integration of solar and desalination plants will become critical to communities across the Pacific."
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