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PM: Villagers Will Realise True Economic Potential, New Business Opportunities

Sunergise and Energy Fiji Limited were also commended for their partnership in installing Vio Island’s micro grid and solar-battery system.
03 May 2019 10:59
PM: Villagers Will Realise True Economic Potential,  New Business Opportunities
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the rural electrification project on Vio Island on May 2, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

 

The Vio Island electrification project will enable villagers to realise their true economic potential and create new business opportunities.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made these remarks when he opened the Vio Fijian Rural Electrification Fund project at Vio Island outside Lautoka City yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama said no longer would people living on Vio be without access to electricity or lack of reliable power to hold back their development.

“It is a milestone for all Fijians to celebrate a new era of clean, renewable electricity,” he said.

“When turning on the lights here on Vio Island, it will mark the first site for our sweeping Fiji Rural Electrification Fund (FREF).

“This is a bold new initiative that aims to bring clean, renewable electricity to rural communities in Fiji that are not  served by the electric power grid. Vio, you are first.

“You have led this important effort and thank you for being a pioneer in the new age of clean, renewable electricity for rural Fiji.

“The Fiji Rural Electricity Fund is a pioneering initiative of my Government, and it is a direct result of our Presidency of COP23.

“Thanks to our presidency, we became a voice for fighting climate change and were able to develop international relationship that make projects like this a reality.

“I have heard from the community that they feel this is a blessing because the children can now study in the evenings with the convenience of electric lights.

“Before, if there was any light at all, it was from dull kerosene lamps or candles.

“No longer should our people be living without access to electricity. No longer should our children be subject to a life without enough electricity to study in the evening. And no longer will the lack of reliable electric power hold back our development.

“This project will enable you to realise your true economic potential, creating new business opportunities for you to unleash a new era of development here in Vio,” he added.

Sunergise Director, Ajay Raniga and Energy Fiji Limited Director, Hasmukh Patel by the solar grid on Vio Island. Photo: DEPTFO News

Sunergise Director, Ajay Raniga and Energy Fiji Limited Director, Hasmukh Patel by the solar grid on Vio Island. Photo: DEPTFO News

PM acknowledgement

Hollywood A-list celebrity and climate champion, Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation of the same name, was praised by Mr Bainimarama for his foundation’s vision and support towards FREF.

He also acknowledged the British High Commission and the Fiji Locally Managed Area (FLMMA) Network.

This is a major initiative of the Fijian COP23 Presidency.

“And we have big plans. We foresee this fund as just one of several mechanisms that will allow Government to deliver clean, renewable and affordable energy to rural Fiji.”

Sunergise and Energy Fiji Limited were also commended for their partnership in installing Vio Island’s micro grid and solar-battery system.

FREF is envisaged to electrify 300 rural communities over the next 10 years.

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