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Republic of Fiji

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The Republic of Fiji is a group of 300 islands covering 18,376 km2 located in the Pacific Ocean to the Northeast of Australia. Fiji has a population of 898,760 as of 2016, and major languages spoken are English, Fijian and Hindi. Of the 300 islands, about 100 are inhabited and 90% of the population resides in the three biggest islands of VitiLevu, Vanua Levu, and Ovalau. The capital, Suva, on Viti Levu, serves as the country's principal cruise-ship port. Fiji is an upper-middle-income country, relying heavily on its tourism and sugar industries. The service sector is growing strongly driven by tourism, and along with construction, manufacturing and retail activity, are the key drivers of growth.

Fiji is currently dependent on imported fossil fuels and hydroelectricity as its main source of energy. Fiji's energy demand is driven by household consumption of electricity and transport fuels and by the need of its major industries, in particular agriculture, forestry, tourism, and mining. 

The Fijian government is actively seeking alternative energy sources to supplement its heavy dependence on imported fuels with the objective of being 80% reliant on renewable energy for electricity by 2020 and fully reliant by 2030.Fiji has made commitments to renewable energy development in its Green Growth Framework, its five-year National Development Plan, and in its 20-year Strategic Vision. It has pledged to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2035 as part of its Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In Fiji, rural communities in the smaller islands are not connected to the main grid. Off-grid solar PV has become the Department of Energy's preferred rural electrification option for areas without grid access. The government is eager to facilitate the sustainable production and management of solar power and non-grid electrification systems, such as the development of solar home systems, solar power water supply systems, solar systems for schools and clinics, and solar water heating systems for homes and institutions. Under the Rural Electrification Project, the government has allocated USD 42.6 million towards rural electrification and is installing solar power home systems in rural communities. By the end of 2014, the Department of Energy had installed over 5,700 solar home systems. The goal for the Department is to implement 18,000 systems throughout the country.

The Department of Energy, the Global Green Growth Institute and the Korean International Cooperation Agency are developing a 1.55MW solar PV project on the island of Taveuni. Expected to be completed in 2020, the project aims to increase renewable energy generation to 65 % on the island with benefits in the form of increased energy security and reduction in GHG emissions. 

The Department of Energy is expanding the installation of mini grids powered by solar and diesel generators; as well as installing PV solar home systems through establishing RESCO companies to increase electrification rates amongst Fiji’s rural communities.

In 2016, the Department of Energy assisted villages in Tavea Island and Mali Island to install two solar water pumps to cater for village water supply needs. The communities contributed 10% of the cost while the government contributed the remaining 90 %.

Commercial investors, primarily in the tourism industry, are installing roof-mounted solar to partially generate their own electricity. In 2010, one of the first few solar farms was built on one of the main islands, VitiLevu, with7 MW capacity. The farm being built by Swiss-clean energy company Meeco AG and is expected to provide energy for a gold mine on the island.

Since 2017, the Fijian government has partnered with private company, Sunergise (Fiji) Limited, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to bring solar power in a phased approach to rural villages such as Vio and Nacula in Fiji. In the first phase, a solar, battery micro-grid, with a diesel generator (as a back-up) provided a renewables-system with smart-metered, pre-paid electricity to Vio. The next phases are expected to see the design and installation of similar off-grid systems in 500 communities. The solar energy provider has also installed 783kW solar PV array solar systems in resorts in Vanuatu.

Fiscal incentives include a five-year tax holiday to taxpayers undertaking a new activity in renewable energy and cogeneration projects, including for solar projects. Incentive in the form of a five-year tax holiday is also provided for imported renewable energy equipment including for solar appliances, such as solar heaters and solar water pumps.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Funds Climate-Smart Electrification

Article on the installation of a pilot off-grid solar system in the island of Vio as part of a broader effort undertaken by the government to provide rural electrification.

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Solar Home System

Article on the benefits of solar home systems in Fiji and support in training to operate them from the Fiji National Training and Productivity Centre

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Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources

The Ministry is responsible for the administration and oversight of all development on State Land in Fiji and regulation of all land surveys.

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Investment Fiji

Information on energy sector information for investors

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Fiji Department of the Ministry of Public Utilities

The Department is responsible for policy formulation, planning, regulation, implementation of programs, relating to public works, transportation and utilities, including solar systems for rural electrification.

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Pacific Power Association (PPA)

PPA is an inter-governmental agency and member of the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific to promote the direct cooperation of the Pacific island (incl. Fiji) power utilities in technical training, exchange of information, sharing of senior management and engineering expertise and other activities of benefit to the members.

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Renewable Energy Central Information Forum

Developed by the Department of Energy, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, and UNDP, website provides information relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency in Fiji.

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Department of Energy(DoE)

The DoE is responsible for energy policies and plans, energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy and rural electrification.

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Green Growth Framework For Fiji, 2014

Outlines the approach and process adopted by the Fiji government to ensure the successful preparation of the Green Growth Framework in the spirit of the Rio +20 Outcome Document.

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Capacity Needs Assessment for RE-based power generation in Fiji

This report describes the results of capacity needs assessment of Fijian stakeholders for the design, engineering, installation, operation and maintenance of renewable energy (RE) based power generation systems in Fiji. This capacity needs assessment is a central element of the Fiji Renewable Energy Power Project (FREPP) – a UNDP-GEF-Fiji Government funded project - whose main objective is the removal of barriers (policy, regulatory, market, finance and technical) to the wide-scale use of renewable energy resources for grid-connected power generation in Fiji.

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2013 National Energy Policy

Provides guidance in the promotion of access to affordable and sustainable energy service for rural areas, including for renewable energy

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Sustainable Energy Financing Facility

A financial product by the Fiji Development Bank that allows farmers and businesses to adopt sustainable energy technology in place of fossil fuel for the generation of electricity. 

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Website for Investment Fiji

Website uploads information on sector-wise information for investors

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Department of Energy

Website uploads information related to developments in the energy sector

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Solar GIS

Website for solar resource maps of Fiji

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Report by IRENA on Renewables Readiness Assessment in Fiji

Report on assessment of Fiji’s domestic conditions for the development and deployment of renewable energy and key issues that need to be addressed for further development of renewable energy resources.