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Micronesia launches tender for utility scale solar-plus-storage

  |   Solar, solar industry

The government of the Federated States of Micronesia wants to increase power generation capacity on the islands of Yap and Kosrae.

The government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has launched a tender for construction of several solar plants linked to energy storage systems.

The first of two lots in the tender concerns an 800 kW/800 kWh storage system to be connected to a power station owned by the Yap State Public Service Corporation utility plus a 300 kW rooftop solar system and a 1.6 MW ground-mounted solar plant, all on the island of Yap.

The second project, on the island of Kosrae, involves 1 MW of ground-mounted and rooftop solar capacity and a 60 kW, solar-based minigrid coupled with 30 kW/160 kWh of storage.

Construction of the facilities is expected to require around $15 million and developers can submit bids until July 13.

The project is being backed by the Asian Development Bank.

The FSM had 2 MW of installed solar capacity by the end of the year, according to International Renewable Energy Agency figures, among a total generation capacity of 18 MW.