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Renewable Energy- Fiji

In Life on September 20, 2008 at 11:03 pm

You know, the Fiji Electricity Authority has just signed deals for a new hydro power facility. A great step forward for all I believe. We are inevitably moving further ahead of some of the more developed nations out there. They all hope to have just a few percent of their entire energy needs come from renewable resources; we have surpassed that already.

On the other hand, those nations have opted at least in some small way to decentralize the process by letting consumers provide their own power through net metering. Consumers produce their own electricity through solar, wind or other resource and use the grid as a power storage device; during the evening, the home draws power from the grid to cater for for their needs. During the day though, the meter clocks blackwards as the home generates electricity.

The point of this is that the electricity company does not have out lay as much capital; both the consumer and producer benefit through some way or another. The consumer gets an equity gain, a chance at a proper back up system, the bragging rights of being “green” and a smaller electricity bill . The producer gets energy back for little capital and again following that all too important goal of being green.

The unfortunate thing is though, this is not allowed here in Fiji as far as I know. It’s a shame too, we enjoy unusually high sunshine hours and not to forget the wind which blows well on coastal areas. The other obstacle is the high equipment cost, the government would need to make it tax free and VAT free. On top of which, a good subsidy would go a long way. This way, people will be encouraged to take it up especially businesses like hotels and other high demand areas like factories that have a motive to be green in this modern world.

All in all, this would be a really good scheme to implement seeing as many developed countries have done it. I also don’t think that with all the energy projects we are doing here in Fiji the energy crisis is going to go away. In the next two years, cars will run on electricity and they will all plug up to the grid. I don’t think we have factored that in really. So a lot more energy will be needed and I think if we all were passive users of energy there would be no problem as such; it would give us that sense of security that we so rightly deserve as a developing country. A good temporary solution for cars though would be to encourage those hybrids, yea the Toyota Prius does come to mind. The thing is though, nothing will really happen, cause no one cares; they never have and never will. We will be stuck right here; stuck in this ever sinking sand.

The Spray Can

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  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

    Tim Ramsey

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