Green Energy Project Handed Over to Community of Nadella Addresses the Challenges of Waste Management with Solar Solutions
December 3, 2022
December 3, 2022: Supported by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) Small Gants Programme (SGP), the Nadella Island Development Society (NIDS) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed over the 'Green Energy' project to the community of Nadella. The project is a joint effort by NIDS, Nadella Council, FENAKA Nadella Branch, Nadella School, Women's Development Committee, and other community members, including volunteers.
The Green Energy Project has installed a 12-kilowatt solar panel system at the Nadella Waste Management Centre, aiming to end the burning of fossil fuels by converting the energy used at the centre into renewable energy, in turn cutting down cost of energy and electricity. An energy audit was also conducted, according to which 2.37 tonnes of carbon released into the atmosphere per annum can be reduced under the project, saving approximately Rf 65,6541 in oil costs, providing socio-economic relief to the island. The system is also capable of generating 13,500 kilowatts of clean energy.
In addition, advocacy and awareness sessions were held to educate the public, schools and institutions about renewable energy. The project also aims to address pollution and adverse impacts on people's health.
At the closing ceremony held in Nadella Island on 3rd December 2022, Prosecutor General of the Maldives, Uz. Hussain Shameem alluded to the potential of the project for transformative, sustainable change for communities and to deliver greater dividends back to people and planet.
“Nadella’s model is an inspiration to all islands - a clean, accessible, affordable, sustainable, and reliable model,” said UNDP Resident Representative, Enrico Gaveglia.
The project targets Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goal on ‘Climate Action’ and Goal 07 on 'Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all'.
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