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Energy milestone

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, December 20, 2013

RUKUA Village in Beqa created history on Wednesday when it became the first village in Fiji to take ownership of a solar smart grid.

While other villages in Fiji have houses connected to individual solar panels, Rukua is the first to have houses connected to a single solar grid.

The project, a joint initiative between Fiji and the Inter Action Corporation of Japan, cost $800,000 and was opened by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Speaking at the commissioning, Commodore Bainimarama said the project represented the government's dedication to promoting energy independence in Fiji.

"The opening of the Rukua Smart Solar Power project marks another step by my government to bring development closer to the people," he said.

"I am pleased to note that this is the first solar energy system at village level to be implemented in Fiji. I have every hope and expectation that this will set a precedent for the rest of the country.

"I believe that initiatives like this will continue to support Fiji's development and increase the participation of rural Fijians in the economic growth of the country."

And with our fuel import bill at a staggering $1billion per year, Commodore Bainimarama reiterated how important it was that Fiji found alternative sources of energy.