Solar Power brings new opportunities for sugarcane families PDF Print E-mail


Suva, Fiji – Four hundred remote rural households in Fiji’s sugarcane belt areas will have electricity by the middle of this year, thanks to a European Union funded, Micro Projects Programme (MPP) for clean, green solar power, implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).


Each of the 400 households in Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki will have lighting and power-points installed. For some, this is the first reliable electricity supply they have had.


Fifty of the 400 households will also be supplied with water pumps and five households with freezers, powered by the new solar equipment. The solar photovoltaic (PV) systems consist of solar modules (panels), sealed lead-acid batteries, inverter(s), portable lamps and other accessories that capture sunlight and convert it to power.


SPC Deputy Director-General (Suva), Dr Audrey Aumua, said energy poverty, including access to electricity, is one of the most important obstacles to social and economic development of the rural, remote and resource poor communities.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 10:32
Pacific Energiser Issue 23 (Special issue) PDF Print E-mail


Bula and greetings everyone.


Welcome to the first issue of Pacific Energiser for 2017, the 23rd issue since the first roll-out in September 2010. This issue will hold some space in the history of the Regional Energy Programme, given that it is released during a historical period in the annual calendar of the Pacific Community and its Economic Development Division; 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Pacific Community.

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Pacific Energiser Issue 23


The release of this special issue of Pacific Energiser also coincides with the Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers’ Meeting, which will be held in Nuku’alofa, Tonga from 24 to 28 April 2017. The meeting will bring to the attention of the ministers the latest international and regional developments in the energy and maritime transport sectors that affect Pacific Island countries and territories, as well as the trends and challenges for the period 2017–2020. These include the targets set by the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. Accessing global environment funding resources is also an ever-present challenge.


Once again, hearty thanks to those who have contributed to the current issue and we welcome comments/suggestions on the newsletter.


We are also inviting contributions for Issue 24, which will be released at the end of August 2017.


Enjoy reading!!

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:28

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