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Dept of Energy makes parliament submission

Dept of Energy makes parliament submission
December 01
11:00 2017

A submission was held yester­day by the Department of Energy on the Management of Rural Electrification Programme – Audit Report on Performance Au­dit Volume 1 – December, 2014 to the Public Accounts Committee.

Acting Assistant Director Energy Mikaele Belena says it was two years ago that under the budget, public contribution to pay for rural electri­fication was removed.

Mr Belena said it was in 2016 that every community contribution would be paid by Government and whatever funds had been paid were refunded to these communities.

Mr Belena said the installation work for the grid extensions would follow tender processes, which were competitive.

“We also prioritise those who have paid contribution earlier and those who are first on the list of pay­ments,” he said

He added that the Department looked into solar home systems for remote and outer islands not con­nected to the grid, those who were with diesel generator systems and as­sisted communities that require sys­tem to be connected to the Fiji Elec­tricity Authority (FEA) grid lines.

He said at the moment a new project they were looking into is a hybrid system where there was a combina­tion of two power supplies which could be diesel generator or solar or both renewable energy sources.

He said the project was to help ad­dress the needs of the communities in-terms of environment and sus­tainable power supply and address­ing the issue of emissions of carbon-dioxide.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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