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Coralview Island Resort Looking To Go Solar

Coralview Island Resort is all hands on deck to help promote our Government’s plan to Go Green. The resort is investing in a $1.2 million solar system to keep it
15 Jul 2015 10:27
Coralview Island Resort Looking To Go Solar
Coralview Island Resort Owner, Don Bruce.

Coralview Island Resort is all hands on deck to help promote our Government’s plan to Go Green.

The resort is investing in a $1.2 million solar system to keep it running day and night.

Owner Don Bruce said: “Operation in the islands is very expansive compared to those in the mainland, and the main killer is fuel,” said Mr Bruce.

The resort is located on Tavewa in the Yasawa Islands.

He said there are going to put a 50 kilowatt solar system which will be funded by HFC.

“We have to get Coralview on Solar as now it cost us $12,000 month of diesel to operate 24 hours a day.

“Not counting the services done after every 250 hours, on engine oils and filter costing more than $500,” he added.

Mr Bruce said with the repayment of $7000 to the bank they still save $5000 just by the use of solar also within five years they will have a 40 year lifetime investment.

He said currently their architect is working with the design to withstand sea sprays, salt air, heat and natural disasters.

 

MV Solar        

The MV Solar Company who will be undertaking the Coralview Island Resort project is co-owned by Mr Bruce.

The company is operated in Australia by Michael Valentine.

Mr Bruce said: “I met my business partner in 2012 while involved with Ba Provincial’s Adi Salusalu Carnival and from there the idea came up that Fiji would be a good example of renewable energy.

 

About the Resort

The resort was formerly known as Uncle Robert’s Place as it was a family business.

When it started out it mainly thrived on the backpackers market.

Mr Bruce, who at that time was pursuing a career in Civil Engineering, had decided to return to Tavewa and helped transform the resort.

“Being operating for the last 25 years, the resort now has proper meal plan, proper rooms but no longer Fijian bures despite demand for those experience as this is what we want.

“But time has changed and to maintain Fijian bure is not easy and no insurance company will insure it.

“We have seen the market has changed to flash packer and we are now getting guest checking in from Sheraton, Plantation and Beachcomber Island Resort,” he said.

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