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Solar Financing Signed At COP22

Fiji has secured greater access to solar financing, technologies, research and development opportunities, and capacity-building programmes. It follows Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s signing of the Framework Agreement of the International
19 Nov 2016 14:05
Solar Financing Signed At COP22
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama

Fiji has secured greater access to solar financing, technologies, research and development opportunities, and capacity-building programmes.

It follows Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s signing of the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

The agreement was signed by the Prime Minister on the margins of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakesh.

Prime Minister Bainimarama lauded the agreement as an important stepping stone to help Fiji realise its potential as a regional hub of solar development.

In particular, he highlighted the benefit that Fiji’s vast solar resources could have for rural and maritime communities.

“As one of the founding members of the ISA, Fiji recognises the importance of advancing solar technology as an alternative to the burning of fossil fuels that is contributing to the greenhouse gas emissions warming our planet,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“This agreement will help lay the foundation for Fiji to take full part in the global solar revolution and give our people improved access to one of the fastest-growing forms of renewable energy on the planet.”

Following the signing, Prime Minister Bainimarama also held talks with the Indian Minister of State (independent charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Anil Madhav Dave.

Mr Bainimarama reaffirmed Fiji’s commitment to international co-operation on solar development.

The ISA was launched at the end of 2015 as a common platform for co-operation among sun-rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

The countries are seeking to massively ramp up their use of solar energy, thereby helping to reduce global greenhouse emissions while providing clean and cheap energy.

 

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