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Solar energy for power generation in Fiji: history, barriers and potentials

Prasad, Ravita D. and Raturi, Atul K. (2020) Solar energy for power generation in Fiji: history, barriers and potentials. In: Translating the Paris Agreement into Action in the Pacific. Advances in Global Change Research. Advances in Global Change Research, 68 . Springer Nature, Switzerland, pp. 177-199. ISBN 978-3-030-30210-8

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In the last 5 years, there has been rapid growth in “behind the meter” solar photovoltaics (solar PV) installations for several commercial companies around the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. In total, around 4 MW of solar PV is installed with some grid-connected solar systems planned and many off-grid solar system planned by Fiji Department of Energy with funding from Fijian government and overseas donor agencies. This chapter reviews solar PV developments in Fiji and discusses the future development plans that are documented in publically available domains. Some barriers and challenges are also discussed for slow deployment of solar PV. The theoretical potential of solar PV power generation was found to be around 170 GWh/year which would result in around 150,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide avoided emissions. Using Long Range Energy Alternative Planning System (LEAP), grid electricity model was constructed and a range of new renewable energy technologies were used for future electricity generation with addition of solar PV. It was found that 90 MW of new solar PV on Viti Levu’s grid, 5 MW in Vanua Levu’s grid and 4 MW in Ovalau’s grid, would have the potential of generating 167 GWh by 2030 with around 148,000 metric tonnes of avoided carbon dioxide emissions.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Engineering and Physics
Depositing User: Atul Raturi
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2020 01:11
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 05:17

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