Launch of the Solar Panel System at the UN House in Dili

Oct 28, 2016

‘Shiny solar panels taking their place one by one’ © UN Timor-Leste 2016

The new solar energy system at the UN House in Caicoli, Dili, will be launched at ceremony on Monday 24 October at 4.00pm. The system is one of the largest of its kind in Timor-Leste, and will support the UN House with clean and renewable energy in the years to come. Government representatives, heads of UN Agencies and representatives from the diplomatic corps will be present at the ceremony.

This solar energy system is a sustainable energy project by 10 of the UN Agencies present in Timor-Leste: ILO, OHCHR, UNDP, UNDSS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, WFP, WHO. It showcases just how much can be achieved in collaborative partnership. The project has already attracted interest of government departments, and sets a good example for further renewable energy initiatives in the near future in Timor-Leste.

The solar panels were installed by the Danish company GSOL Energy Global, and are estimated to produce approximately 480, 000 kWh electricity per year. This covers 50% of the annual electricity consumption of the UN House, and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 286 tonnes annually.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 focuses specifically on affordable and clean energy, and solar energy is one of the cleanest energy sources available. The project sets a good example for future joint action to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across organizations, sectors and nations.

The UN’s journey towards climate neutrality was pushed forward on World Environment Day on 5 June 2007, when UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon publicly called on all UN agencies, funds and programs to ‘go green’ and become climate neutral. The launch of the solar panel system coincides with the UN Day, which marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945.

 

Solar Project Video:

https://youtu.be/OhAwhSC9Zuk

https://youtu.be/HRO3zVbYUNw

 

For further information, please contact:

Adelina Carly Tilman Lourdes, Head of UN Resident Coordinator’s Office

Phone: 7731 2419

Email: adelina.lourdes@one.un.org

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