commissioning tokaimalo rotuma biofuel waidina
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lokia biogas site
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wai village taveuni hydro monitoring station

In previous years 1974 to the late 90s, diesel generators were the preferred source of generation of electricity especially in the rural villages because at the time cost of diesel was comparatively cheap. At the time very little consideration (if at all any) was given to the level of pollution, and the harmful effects that carbon dioxide and other green house gases were having on the environment and the ozone layer resulting in global warming and the current rising of the sea level which is now threatening the existence of the small Pacific Island Countries.

In recent years serious concerns have been raised because small island countries are fast losing their shore lines to the ever rising high tides and sea levels, compounded by the fact that it is now obvious that the oil wells are not going to last forever and that the availability of fossil fuels is diminishing, hence the price of diesel has significantly increased making Fiji’s imported fuel bill hit the billion dollar (FJ$ 1billion) mark in recent years.

With the huge rise in fossil fuel costs, Fiji is seriously promoting the use of renewable energy sources in order to reduce the nation’s reliance on diesel and other carbon based fuels that are imported. Also with the rural electrification project sites situated in the outer islands and the interiors of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, the rural communities not only have to pay for the expensive diesel fuel but also pay for the transportation costs of taking the diesel from the urban centers to their villages. Some remote interior villages have to use three modes of transportation (foot or horse back, boat, and then vehicle) in order to reach their villages. Hence to travel to town / service stations, buy the diesel, and then return to these villages is quite an expensive exercise apart from being a challenging experience.

Hence generating electricity through the use of diesel generators is no longer popular as before because the rise in fossil fuel costs has made it a real costly affair, and rural customers are opting for much cheaper options such as solar, hydro and wind. Also in order to be in line with the Government’s initiatives of reducing the nation’s dependency on imported fossil fuels; production of electricity by using solar, hydro, and wind are being pursued, and monitoring stations or sites are being installed in various places around the country. The Department is also planning to convert the existing diesel generators so that the engines could run on biofuels or pure coconut oil.    

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