FRA installs 25 solar streetlights

Solar lights at Nailaga Ba. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has installed 25 solar streetlights along a section of the highway running through Nailaga Village in Ba, a first for the country.

FRA acting general manager electrical Musheer Khan said Fiji was a new regional leader in the adaptation of sustainable energy solutions that would help protect and preserve the environment.

“The 25 Orca Vertex® solar lighting system for Nailaga Village has been designed in Australia utilising the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) solar insolation data for Fiji and customised to meet V5 street lighting standard,” he said.

“This standalone system has been specifically designed to provide up to 13 hours of operation with 56 hours (4.3 days) autonomy.

“The Energy Management Control System has been set to operate the 25 60watts LED streetlights at 100 per cent from dusk until dawn.”

According to Mr Khan, the benefits of installing the solar streetlights were immense.

Annually, the 25 streetlights would use 6570 kilowatt hour of energy from the sun. He said it would also offset 3357 kilograms of carbon emission, save electricity generator diesel consumption by 1932 litres and was equivalent to planting 23 trees.

“The FRA believes that this is important upon each individual and every institution to do their part in supporting sustainable energy solutions and the FRA was doing just that.”

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