Transition to build a clean and sustainable economy
10 December, 2019, 7:32 pm
COUNTRIES must tap into the vast untapped potential of solar power to revolutionise the cars, the vessels that sail the waters, and the entire manner in which the societies create and consume energy.
Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said this while speaking at the Solar and SIDS Making the Sun Shine Brighter event in Madrid, Spain
Mr Bainimarama highlighted that Fiji is successfully transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such as solar .
He said Fiji has taken this transition so that it can build a clean and sustainable economy that serves the short and long-term interests of every Fijian.
“We’re overcoming the challenges of geography by installing solar panels in rural and maritime communities, avoiding the massive costs of expanding our national grid across all of our 128 populated islands, and cultivating climate resilience in these communities,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“Through a landmark partnership with UN Women and the Barefoot College in India, we’re training Fijian women from rural communities to become solar engineers so they can take up careers maintaining solar units back in Fiji.”