CORE supports STAR C training on solar qualification in Tonga, Polynesia

The International Network of Solar Technology and Application Resource Centres (STAR C), implemented by the International Solar Alliance (ISA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and CORE, managed by ARE, in collaboration with PCREEE, conducted a training of trainings on solar qualification and standards in the Pacific region on 8-11 April 2024.

The workshop took place in Tonga, Polynesia, and included contributions from the National Electrical Contractors Association of Tonga (NECAT), Tonga DOE, TNQAB, Tonga Power and Tonga Electricity Commission. It aimed at supporting PCREEE’s efforts in collaboration with SEIAPI and GSES on capacity building and establishing solar training activities in the Pacific region.

During the training, 12 participants learnt about workshops and programmes to strengthen capacity-building efforts in the region such as courses on grid connection of PV systems, battery storage, off-grid and hybrid PV and practical equipment and assessment. They also participated in a site visit to the Montfort Technical Institute and TIST Electrical training workshops where trainees learned how to install a solar system.

By equipping these professionals with the necessary expertise, CORE, managed by the Alliance for Rural Electrification, aims to help PCREEE advance its capacity-building efforts on solar technologies in the region.