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Pilot project: Fiji



Training, Modeling and Pre-feasibility Studies in Renewable Energy Technologies for Pacific Island Countries

There is need for the development and utilization of specific renewable energy resources in the region. However, the people and communities who wish to develop these resources are not always aware of the businesses that can provide these services. Businesses and decision makers on their part are frequently unaware of what the most feasible renewable energy resources are for a particular community.

It is worthwhile for the socio-economic development of the Pacific region therefore, to address such knowledge gaps with a view to finding solutions that are both viable and sustainable.

The aim of this technology transfer pilot project will be to facilitate the development of renewable energy resources in the Pacific Island Countries (PIC’s) by identifying specific cases of these needs amongst the PIC’s, and to bring these people together with suitable businesses and decision makers that can address these needs at specially organized workshops, forums and other meetings.


Atesg Gosai-Pilot Protject Assistant (Fiji) taking wind measurements at Saioko Village


Description of Pilot Project
The ultimate aim of the pilot project “Training, Modeling and Pre-feasibility Studies in Renewable Energy Technologies for Pacific Island Countries” is the socio-economic development of the Pacific region.. This will be achieved by:

  • Establishing a Renewable Energy Training Centre/programme of short courses for operators, technicians and decision-makers
    This training will be mostly based on renewable energy technologies (RET) in specific RE areas of relevance as well as training for general RE awareness.
  • Choosing a PIC community requiring access to energy, and carrying out pre-feasibility studies
    A PIC community requiring energy for socio-economic development and poverty alleviation will be identified. In order to achieve this assistance from cooperation partners such as SPC, SPREP etc will be required as these organizations are actively involved in the development of PICs. Research Assistance will be hired to carry out basic renewable energy feasibility studies which will determine what RET is most appropriate for that particular PIC.
  • Producing design models of RET
    There are many available software’s that can be used to do resource assessments, an example is WAsP a PC program for predicting wind climates, wind resources and power productions from wind turbines and wind farms. Many businesses and institutions are not aware of how to make use of these software. Hence, these can be used to design models for RET for many PIC. Different possible RE resources can be modeled using this software’s and the best possible RE resource can be identified for a particular PIC.
  • Holding a workshop for business and community leaders
    Many businesses and organizations in RE lack certain knowledge in how to succeed in the RE field. Often it has been seen that businesses are willing to provide RET however, they might lack funding to start their projects. Funding is often available from external donors and also tenders are issued by the governments but most businesses lack the knowledge on how to make a successful application. The workshop will see how to write successful tenders and organizations such as SPREP, SPC who usually send these tenders could be potential presenters at this workshop.

Services to be offered

  • Short training courses for technicians, operators and decision makers
  • Identifying the needs of the PIC’s-Pre-feasibility studies
  • Design models for RET
  • Organizing workshops, enabling activities
  • Supplying database services.

Potential Clients
Communities of the PICs, RE businesses, government officials, NGOs and community decision-makers.

Cooperation Partners

  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (these organizations have a lot of knowledge about the region therefore could help with obtaining knowledge about regional needs in the pacific).
  • Businesses
  • USP-DIREKT (Facilitators)

Research Opportunities

  • Feasibility studies
  • Creating a database of case studies of renewable energy resource utilization in the PICs

Employment Opportunities
Research Assistant (s) who can provide relevant expertise


Contact Information
Dr. Anirudh Singh, Project Coordinator, and Ms Pritika, Project Manager
Project DIREKT: Fiji

Faculty of Pure Science, Technology and Environment
The University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Fiji

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