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Power Utilities Meet-Renewable Energy Focus

Unlike other bigger Pacific countries, Fiji has a lot of more potential in terms of renewable energy. This was the sentiment shared by the Pacific Power Association executive director Andrew
31 Mar 2017 09:57
Power Utilities Meet-Renewable Energy Focus
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Unlike other bigger Pacific countries, Fiji has a lot of more potential in terms of renewable energy.

This was the sentiment shared by the Pacific Power Association executive director Andrew Daka during the Regional Renewable Energy Workshop at Novotel Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

The five day workshop began on Monday with the objective of supporting electricity utilities in the Pacific Island in increasing grid and interconnection of renewable energies in the region.

“It will target utilities from the Southern Pacific Islands (Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Niue, Cook Island, Nauru, Vanuatu, and American Samoa),” Mr Daka said.

“A lot of Pacific Island Countries are right now looking at renewable energy to displace some of the diesel generators that is being used and so the workshop looks basically at how we go about connecting renewable energy source, Mr Daka added.

Furthermore, he said the main source of energy in the Pacific was from solar but it had fluctuations and the workshop was looking how to manage those fluctuations and maintain grid in stable condition

“Technology has changed and we also have to keep up with it,”

Meanwhile, Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership project advisor, Luis Calzado said this was an opportunity to meet with the power utilities and see in ways they could be assisted.

On the other hand, Japan’s second largest power cooperation, The Kansai Electric Power Co.Inc manager, strategy and cooperation group, Toshikazu Ohashi said he will strongly supportive and was currently understanding the Pacific power utilities.

Mr Ohashi said, with the Prime Minister’s presidency at COP23, he will looking for opportunities to establish renewable energy projects in Fiji.

Participants visited a grid-connected renewable energy facility of a local utility and its control/managing system.

Butoni Wind Farm is located in the Sigatoka, Fiji and has 36 wind turbines.

Feedback: arishmad@fijisun.com.fj



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