Fiji’s Largest Solar Power System Opens In Ba

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Fiji’s Largest Solar Power System Opens In Ba 500kw facility installed at chicken farm

By Felix Chaudhary

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 23, 2015) – The largest solar power system in the country and biggest agriculture solar powered facility in the Pacific has been established at Future Farms Ltd's Rooster Chicken Ba outlet.

The 500-kilowatt installation has generated 664,000kW of green energy and in the process replaced 195,000 litres of diesel.

Future Farms Ltd, a subsidiary of BSP Life, said the environmental benefits were equivalent to the planting of 11,700 trees.

"We are constantly looking for ways to optimise our operations," said Stanley Raniga, general manager at Future Farms.

"Energy is an important consideration, and solar is a natural fit for our poultry farm because we leverage the hectares of roof space on our sheds in a productive way.

"Taking care of the environment by reducing carbon emissions is also good for the community, good for our staff and important for Fiji."

Director Sunergise Fiji Ajay Raniga said the partnership with Future Farms was exciting for business, the environment and the solar industry.

"They are pioneers in the adoption of sustainable energy for the agricultural sector in the region.

"The initial solar deployment, launched in 2013, proved the technical and economic viability of solar for industrial farm operations, and has led to this expansion.

"Future Farms is a role model that will trigger other enterprises to assess their solar potential," he said.

Mr Raniga said the expansion of Future Farms solar grid was in line with Government's commitment to meet 90 per cent of Fiji's energy needs through renewable energy and plans to reduce carbon emissions before 2030.

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