PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reiterated the challenges we in the Pacific face and ways in which we can embark on some of our own solutions to the challenge the entire world faces from climate change.
Speaking at the launching of Coca Cola Amatil Fiji (CCAF) Solar Energy Project yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said there are three basic tests that indicate if solutions to curb climate change is viable.
“First any potential solution we embrace must be transformative. They must be able to make a real difference and be game-changers,” he said.
“Second, they must also be practical and affordable enough to be embraced on a greater scale. So that something that works in Fiji can also work across the Pacific.”
“Finally, they must be able to be replicated. Something innovative that happens in one community can also happen in communities across the region”
Coca Cola Amatil one of Fiji’s biggest companies has met all these three basic tests.
“You have embraced solar energy to help power your installation here in Nasinu, and in doing this, you are taking a key leadership role in persuading private enterprise throughout the Pacific to do the same.”
“Because we all know that embracing renewable energy is the key to solving the challenge of climate change, which poses such a danger to our way of life in the Pacific.”
Mr Bainimarama commended the company for its vision and encouraged other businesses to consider following their example.
CCAF and Sunergise Fiji and New Zealand have entered a partnership for the installation of more than 3800 solar panel to CCAF’s Suva production plant which provides a 40% cleaner renewable energy source.
The 1.1 MW solar system is equivalent in size to about 200 residential systems, consisting of over 3860 solar panels and 3925kW inverters.
Producing 1408,000 Kilowatt hours of energy per year, the system will save 974 tons of CO2 annually. This is the equivalent of saving 414,722 litres of diesel per year or avoiding 3,730,751 car kilometres annually or planting 24,964 trees.