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Solar street lights for Tavua

Written By : SOURCE: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION. The town of Tavua will install six new solar street lights as part of the Department of Environment and International Union for the
27 Mar 2011 12:00

image Written By : SOURCE: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION. The town of Tavua will install six new solar street lights as part of the Department of Environment and International Union for the Conservation of Nature agreement (IUCN).
The memorandum of agreement sealed this week will see Tavua Town piloting the IUCN project worth $25,000 with technical advise from the department of energy.
Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Taina Tagicakibau said a funding of $15,000 would be allocated for the commencement of the project and the remaining $10,000 when it was completed.
“Tavua is a good location with a lot of sunshine and town councils are in need of such assistance,” Ms Tagicakibau said.
“It is a real challenge for town councils to reduce electricity consumption. Government needs to ensure capacity building with our donors and IUCN recognises the impact of climate change in developing countries.”
IUCN’s Oceania regional office director, Taholo Kami said the project would demonstrate one way to move forward from fossil fuel to meeting needs of people in preserving our environment.
“This is a small step from us in terms of our partnership. It is our common interest for biodiversity and improving the livelihoods of people. Another step in the pipeline is green cities and towns,” Mr Kami said.
“Attention will also be given to Levuka (Ovalau) for solar street lights, keeping in mind of its heritage and the development it would bring to the town.”
The project timeframe for the solar street lights is three months with the department of environment monitoring the project.


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