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3600 solar systems installed

Ana Madigibuli
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Government has installed more than 3600 solar home systems in rural and remote areas.

This year, it will install an additional 2000 solar home systems.

Permanent Secretary for Works, Transport and Public Utilities, Commander Francis Kean said this at the launch of vocational training and education for clean energy regional project at USP on Tuesday.

He said government provided substantial financial assistance to the energy sector.

"Grid connected PV demonstration systems are also being implemented in 2013 through government funding," Cdr Kean said.

"The Fiji Electricity Authority in 2012 commissioned the 40MW Nadarivatu hydro power projects and the renewable generation mix on average now stands at 60 per cent of the grid demand," he said.

"FEA aims to have 90 per cent of its generation from renewable sources by 2014, which is a target that government fully supports."

He said a number of other projects such as weirs and raising of existing dams were also being undertaken to ensure the continued growth in the renewable sector.

"Various resources assessments are also underway in Fiji, these include detailed wind resources assessments to wave and tidal research," he said.

"Developing the bio fuel sector in Fiji is critical in reducing our dependency on imported fossil fuels.

"Government has implemented three bio fuel mills in the maritime regions with a further six due for commissioning in the next month." Cdr Kean said government had foreseen the potential of this sector in increasing the energy security of the nation and as such provided substantial incentive packages to stimulate the sector.


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