ADB, Fiji Sign Grant for Improved Access to Renewable Energy Generated Electricity

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Fiji signed a grant agreement totaling US$3 million to help Fiji gain better access to renewable energy through the Rural Electrification Support Project.

The Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific will provide US$3 million in grant financing to be administered by ADB. The Government of Fiji will contribute US$400,000 in counterpart financing.

Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Finance, Strategic Planning, and National Development and Statistics, ADB Alternate Governor Shiri Gounder, and ADB’s Pacific Subregional Office Regional Director Aaron Batten signed the grant agreement at an event in Suva held in the presence of Japanese Chargé d’affaires ad interim Kenichiro Tanaka.

“The impact of this project will be a resource-efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable energy sector achieved,” said Gounder. “The project will directly benefit approximately 190 households in remote locations, by improving their access to electricity generated from renewable energy sources.”

The Fiji Rural Electrification Support Project will expand and upgrade a mini-hydropower facility and install a solar photovoltaic-based mini-grid together with a battery energy storage system in remote locations.

The project will also help create a robust operations and maintenance system for rural electrification in Fiji, through institutional strengthening of the government and capacity development of the concerned communities.