Fiji Government, The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and Sunergise sign agreement to provide renewable power to remote communities
Inspired by Fiji's Presidency of COP23, the Fijian Government, with the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), will bring renewable energy to eligible rural communities across the country. Together with Sunergise (Fiji) Limited, the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network (FLMMA) and the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA), the new Fiji Rural Electrification Fund will bring solar power to communities with no electricity or that rely on pollution-emitting diesel generators. LDF will provide a grant as seed funding to electrify the villages of Vio and Nacula, the first two communities taking part in the pilot phase of the program. LDF will then help mobilise funding for additional communities. Once a sufficient number of communities are operational, the revenues from the electricity sales will be used to finance further communities, creating a self-funding system that will expand the program throughout rural Fiji. The Fijian Prime Minister and President of COP23, Frank Bainimarama, said, “This program is a shining example of the Grand Coalition we are mobilising to address the challenge of climate change by working with leaders across the world and from all walks of life - governments at all levels, the private sector, foundations and civil society. As incoming COP23 President, I am pleased to see this partnership coming together for the good of the Fijian people and as a model that can work in other countries around the globe.” Fijian Attorney-General and Minister responsible for climate change, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said that this program was an example of Fiji’s determination to partner with the private sector to deliver essential services to the Fijian people and help them prepare for the growing impacts of climate change. The first two communities are expected to come online in the third quarter of 2018.
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