Al­ter­na­tive En­ergy

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

Mal­dives has shown re­mark­able progress in adopt­ing ad­vanced meth­ods of pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity, such as so­lar pan­els. On the is­land of Thi­nad­hoo in the Gaaf Dhaalu Atoll, 50 per­cent of the elec­tric­ity needs are now be­ing pro­vided by so­lar pan­els.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing a clean method, it is also a cost­ef­fec­tive means of pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity and is likely to bring down the coun­try’s oil im­port bill. In 2013 alone, the Mal­dives spent over MVR6 bil­lion on im­port­ing petroleum prod­ucts. The 109 re­sorts in the Mal­dives use 49 per­cent of the diesel im­ported into the coun­try an­nu­ally.

BHUTAN THIM­PHU

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