Sheikh Abdullah launches $5mn solar plant in Fiji
Masdar-built 550kW plant is the third renewable project financed by the UAE Pacific Partnership Fund.
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s minister of foreign affairs, has inaugurated a $5mn solar photovoltaic (PV) micro grid project in Fiji.
Built by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, the clean energy project is the third financed by the UAE’s $50mn Pacific Partnership Fund, through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).
The three new solar micro grid projects include a 249 kW plant in Kadavu Island, a 153kW plant in Lakeba Island and a 153 kW plant in Rotuma Island.
The solar plants together will provide more than 40% of the daily electricity demand of each of the three islands, as well as cutting 722 tonnes of CO2 emissions and saving close to $500mn on diesel fuel costs annually.
Masdar has established a solid track record in the Pacific Islands, completing a 500 kW solar plant on the Kingdom of Tonga’s island of Vava’u, commissioned in November 2013, and a 550 kW wind farm on Samoa, commissioned in August 2014. The UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund financed both projects.
“The UAE is committed to demonstrating how renewable energy can provide clean power and spur economic development while mitigating climate change, particularly for Pacific Island countries,” said H.H. Sheikh Abdullah, at the inauguration that took place in the town of Nadi, on Fiji’s main island.
“We commend Masdar and ADFD on successfully completing solar micro grids that will help Fiji meet its electricity needs in a more sustainable manner.”