Fiji Wants to Rid Itself of Fossil Fuels, Pursues Clean Energy in Join Venture

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Fiji is now home to a new renewable energy joint venture, Oursun Pacific Limited, whose goal is to enhance Fiji’s clean energy market and address the problems caused by climate change.

The islands of Fiji depends mainly on fossil fuels for its energy supply. Because Fiji is so heavily dependent on foreign oil imports, oil costs can get prohibitively high and leave the country at the whims of fluctuations in the global oil market. In an effort to reduce the burden on their federal budget, Fiji is seeking to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. To accomplish this, they have partnered with both a Swiss-based clean energy provider, The Meeco Group, and a local investment entity to found a joint venture, Oursun Pacific Limited.

Oursun Pacific wants to upgrade Fiji’s clean energy sector to both meet the country’s increasing energy demand and tackle the challenges created by climate change. Fiji has some conditions well suited to utilizing solar energy, so small to large solar projects placed country wide will help ensure a sustainable and reliable power supply. The projects will also help spur economic growth on the island while reducing the costs of electricity.

One of Meeco’s most notable projects is the solar power generation and storage system dubbed “sun2live”. It is augmented by a rooftop solar plan “sun2roof” and a smart energy management system called “sun2safe”. These systems will give support to both investors and private consumers hoping to shave off energy costs.

Fiji is also hoping to be able to handle and attract more tourists with the installation of their clean energy solutions. Hotels and resorts across the chain of islands will be able to be powered by their new energy infrastructure, ensuring consistent renewable energy for visitors.

Finally, Fiji is hoping that the new renewable systems will cut emissions and reduce pollution. Fiji is currently grappling with the effects of climate change brought about by greenhouse gases. Rising sea levels and extreme weather have hit the country’s 330 islands hard, driving home the importance of environmentally friendly power solutions.