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Poultry goes solar

Shayal Devi
Monday, May 05, 2014

ROOSTER Poultry has announced the establishment of the company's first solar-powered poultry operations.

Entering into a partnership with pan-Pacific solar energy provider Sunergise International, the company has turned its poultry business in Ba into a green energy leader.

"The 250kilowatt roof-mounted installation at the poultry operation is Fiji's largest and was completed by a local team of engineers from Sunergise's partner company Clay Energy,"said incoming general manager Stanley Raniga.

"For Rooster Poultry, the decision to go solar had several advantages.

"Electricity is a major part of our operations and having solar power is the perfect alternative energy source for us to supplement our energy requirements.

"We have a huge roof space that we can put to work to reduce operating costs.

"As the sun shines most of the year in Ba, we are in the perfect location to harness this energy using the system installed by Sunergise to power our facilities.

"Not only are we saving money but also doing our part for our environment.

"The aim is take it to 500kw later this year."

Sunergise Fiji director Ajay Raniga said the company was delighted to work with a client such as Rooster Poultry.

"The poultry industry in Fiji is growing fast — over 18 million birds were processed in 2013 — double the number from 2010," he said.

"Fiji is well on the way to becoming self-sufficient in poultry.

"This project has been one of the most exciting we've undertaken to date.

"We are looking forward in the coming year to doubling the current installation size to 500 KW — half a megawatt of clean, environmentally-friendly solar power.

"Solar fits squarely within the criteria of Fiji's environmental policies.

"Fiji gets just over half its grid power from hydro, with the balance from predominantly diesel powered generators.

"That means every kilowatt of solar energy which substitutes for diesel generators saves on burning expensive, polluting fossil fuels."








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