UAE To Fund 2014 Renewable Energy Project In Fiji

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Solar power to be available for Kadavu, Rotuma and Lakeba

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 9, 2013) – Villagers of Kadavu, Rotuma and Lakeba in Fiji will soon be able to access a clean 24-hour electricity supply, thanks to a joint renewable energy project which is expected to roll out next year.

The project, worth US$5 million, is being funded via a grant from the United Arab Emirates-Pacific Partnership Fund.

It will involve solar powered electrification of the islands of Kadavu, Rotuma and Lakeba and will be implemented by UAE company, Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted renewable energy company.

The UAE Foreign Ministry hopes the bilateral agreement with Fiji is finalised soon to allow its renewable energy arm, Masdar, to begin tendering by early 2014.

Fiji’s Minister for Energy, Captain Timoci Natuva has been invited to a ceremony during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (18-22 January 2014), for a formal signing of the bilateral agreement. The ceremony is tentatively set for either 20 or 21 January 2014.

Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, acknowledged the UAE Government for its support in ensuring that funding is acquired for the project.

"This is a part of the Fiji Government’s rural electrification program and its endeavor to provide sustainable development through a green economy.

"It will not only see the 24-hour electrification of all the homes but also provide the source of clean energy needed to develop small industries and micro and small enterprises in these remote islands."

Ratu Inoke plans to thank the Foreign Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, personally when he visits Fiji in mid-February 2014.

He also paid tribute to the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Fiji Embassy in Abu Dhabi for their hard work in recent months to "realise the finalisation of this most important grant project."

Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week coincides with the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy (IRENA), hosted in Abu Dhabi on the 18th and 19th and includes the high-level opening of the World Future Energy Summit on the 20th in Abu Dhabi.

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