Solar Home Systems for rural households in Bua province of Fiji

  • Executing agency: UN/DESA Division for Sustainable Development
  • Start date: 1 January 2005
  • Total budget: USD 214,700

The FDOE has been promoting solar home systems projects in various locations in rural Fiji. Bua Province in Vanua Levu (Fijiís second largest island) is one area where such solar projects have been implemented.

The projects in Bua Province are currently being managed by FDOE and maintenance visits are conducted every quarter. The electricity tokens that trigger the system to provide electricity to the households are dispatched to the various postal agencies where the villagers buy them at a cost of $14 per month. The services of a local company have been made available to assist in the monitoring and maintenance of the project and to provide inventories of monthly updates of the project.

One of the goals of FDOE is to serve communities in the un-electrified areas with affordable and reliable electricity services. As such, the main objective of this project is to expand the number of beneficiaries of solar PV electrification that is currently available to households in Bua Province. Another 170 households will benefit from this project extension in terms of lighting and better living conditions.

Each household will have individual household photovoltaic power system consisting of two 50 Watt solar modules, a battery, compact fluorescent lights and plug points.