TOURIST operators are encouraged to invest in solar energy, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Speaking at the official launching of the mega-solar instillation at Port Denarau by Sunergise — a new Pacific-wide renewable energy company — Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the initiative would benefit the tourism industry and the country.
"This is a wonderful initiative and we supported the idea because apart from the fact that it does deliver cleaner efficient energy and remove our dependency on fossil fuels, which we spent approximately a billion dollars a year in importing the fuels is a huge drainage on foreign reserves," he said.
"At the same time, we need to move to cleaner and efficient energy and hopefully cheaper energy too which will have a huge impact on our ability to carry our business and impact the everyday lives of ordinary Fijians."
Port Denarau managing director Nigel Skeggs said they had signed a 28-year deal with the new solar company.
"It is a good sign for Fiji as we are promoting our environment and it gives us from the business perceptive to save more cost.
"We want to invest money on marinas and to invest in projects like this and we are glad to have Sunergise," Mr Skeggs said.