$3m solar power plant

Taveuni district officer Filimone Tagicakibau. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

TAVEUNI will soon have a $3 million solar power plant, says the district officer Filimone Tagicakibau. Mr Tagicakibau said the project would be funded by the Korean government through its KOICA arm.

“The Korean government will fund this $3m solar power plant and discussions have already confirmed their assistance,” he said while presenting the island’s development progress at the recent workshop organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) for its Pacific Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) project.

“This project is environmental friendly and in line with our initiative to save and protect the environment and create a resilient community against climate change issues.

“We have identified two sites on Taveuni for this project, but we have yet to finalise details of the final site to build this project.”

The electricity supply by Energy Fiji Ltd, Mr Tagicakibau said, has remained within the vicinity of the hydro source in Somosomo.

“Electricity supply right now only reaches Lamini Village and has not been extended towards the North although there are plans to have supply in Welagi Village, Matei and surrounding settlements,” he said.

“Rural electrification projects have continued in various settlements and villages on Taveuni.”

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