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Maldives looks to double renewable energy usage in 2019

Fathmath Shaahunaz
29 January 2019, MVT 09:16
Minister of Environment Dr Hussain Rasheed (L) signs agreement to award development of Energy Efficiency Guidelines for Buildings to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). PHOTO/ENVIRONMENT MINISTER
Fathmath Shaahunaz
29 January 2019, MVT 09:16

Usage of renewable energy in Maldives will double by the end of 2019, proclaimed Minister of Environment Dr Hussain Rasheed on Monday.

The minister made the declaration at the ceremony to award development of Energy Efficiency Guidelines for Buildings to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Minister Hussain Rasheed signed the contract on behalf of the government, while PwC was represented by its Director Prasanta Kumar Misra.

The minister noted that the current usage of renewable energy in Maldives was at four percent. He stated that the government planned to launch various solar projects throughout the year to increase the usage.

"As a result, we can achieve another four percent. The usage of sustainable energy by the end of this year will reach eight or 10 percent", he said.

Under the agreement, PwC is to develop guidelines to increase energy efficiency in buildings within a period of 11 months. According to PwC, the guidelines would include a baseline for energy usage, and ways to recycle energy that goes to waste.

However, the environment minister stated that following the guidelines would not be mandatory.

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