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Renewable energy lights up village

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NIUMALA Salusalu of Dama Village in Ra has been living with electricity at his home for more than four months.

This is a direct result of an initiative to educate ten rural women from across the country in the building and maintenance of solar panels.

Mr Salusalu was one of a few community members invited to the Second National Climate Change Summit in Nadi to share his experiences on the benefits of using renewable energy sources.

Speaking in the iTaukei language, Mr Salusalu said he was grateful for the assistance provided to the village by government.

He said the solar panels provided enough energy to light up the village.

The woman behind Dama Village's new solar energy is Baciseva Marama.

Mrs Marama spent six months in India with nine other rural women from across the country.

"I deal with the general maintenance of the solar panels and its day-to-day operation at the village," she said.

"I have a workshop at the village where I carry out my work and I have been very fortunate to be one of the few women that was chosen to learn this skill.

"Generally, the skills that we learnt were on the general maintenance and engineering involved in building and running a solar panel."

She said life at the village had improved since the panels were introduced.