Fiji Signs International Solar Development
Friday, November 18, 2016
Fiji has secured greater access to solar financing, technologies, research and development opportunities, and capacity-building programmes following Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s signing of the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
Prime Minister Bainimarama lauded the agreement as an important stepping stone to help Fiji realise its potential as a regional hub of solar development. In particular, he highlighted the benefit that Fiji’s vast solar resources could have for rural and maritime communities.
“As one of the founding members of the ISA, Fiji recognizes the importance of advancing solar technology as an alternative to the burning of fossil fuels that is contributing to the greenhouse gas emissions warming our planet. This agreement will help lay the foundation for Fiji to take full part in the global solar revolution and give our people improved access to one of the fastest-growing forms of renewable energy on the planet,” he said.
The agreement was signed by the Prime Minister on the margins of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech. Following the signing, Prime Minister Bainimarama also held talks with the Indian Minister of State (independent charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Anil Madhav Dave, during which the prime minister reaffirmed Fiji’s commitment to international cooperation on solar development.
The ISA was launched at the end of 2015 as a common platform for cooperation among sun-rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn that are seeking to massively ramp up their use of solar energy, thereby helping to reduce global greenhouse emissions while providing clean and cheap energy.