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38K solar panels for health centre's energy needs

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

APART from addressing the issue of non-communicable diseases in the Western Division, the Viseisei Sai Health Centre also promotes the preservation of the environment.

Through its work, the health centre managed to attract the attention of the Kerikeri Rotary Club which helped the centre install a $38,000 solar panel system that will reduce its use of electricity from fuel-powered generators by 50 per cent.

Co-director Dr Rajat Gyaneswar said the new solar panels would help the centre be more energy efficient.

"Apart from providing preventative health care, we are also very concerned about conserving the environment," said Dr Gyaneshwar.

"The solar panels not only will meet our energy requirements but will also reduce our energy burden on the (Fiji Electricity Authority) grid.

"It will reduce our energy requirement by 50 per cent and will show that we can be energy efficient while at the same time provide the best health care to our people."

Kerikeri Rotary Club project co-ordinator and former Nadi resident Mahboob Khan said the group wanted to be involved in a project that was sustainable and they thanked those who made it possible.

"This project was self-sustaining over a long-term period and one of the things we really appreciated were the people behind the project who were more than willing to assist us and identify areas that we can help them with," said Mr Khan.