Port Denarau Marina has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by developed a new solar installation.
The 122kW photovoltaic (PV) system has a generating capacity of 190,000kWh per year and the installation was finalized on December 20, 2012 at Port Denarau Marina, Fiji.
Nigel Skeggs, managing director of Port Denarau Marina said, “As a marina operator we are intrinsically linked to the marine environment and feel first-hand the adverse effects of global warming on the increasing frequency and intensity of tropical storms as well as rising sea levels.
“We are committed setting an example through the protection of both the marine and natural environment by promoting international best practice and reducing our carbon footprint. This is especially important in Fiji where a considerable amount of our power generation is reliant on the burning of fossil fuels.”
According to the Attorney-General and Minister for Tourism, Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji spends approximately one billion dollars a year importing fossil fuels into Fiji, which is a huge drain on our foreign reserves. “We need to move to efficient and cleaner energy” he stated, “This will have a huge impact on our ability to carry out business and impact on the everyday lives of ordinary Fijians.”