Fiji is successfully transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such as solar .
Speaking at the Solar and SIDS Making the Sun Shine Brighter event in Madrid, Spain, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says Fiji has taken this transition so that it can build a clean and sustainable economy that serves the short and long-term interests of every Fijian.
“We’re overcoming the challenges of geography by installing solar panels in rural and maritime communities, avoiding the massive costs of expanding our national grid across all of our 128 populated islands, and cultivating climate resilience in these communities”
“Through a landmark partnership with UN Women and the Barefoot College in India, we’re training Fijian women from rural communities to become solar engineers so they can take up careers maintaining solar units back in Fiji,”PM said.
PM Bainimarama says countries must tap into the vast untapped potential of solar power to revolutionise the cars, the vessels that sail the waters, and the entire manner in which the societies create and consume energy.