Renewable Energy Hybrid Power Systems

Project Summary

This project is intended to set up a commercial Rural Energy Service Company (ESCO) that charges a fee for the electricity supplied to the consumers as a sustainable institutional framework to operate the renewable energy system in Nabouwalu, for replication in other parts of Fiji. The commercial operation of the renewable-energy-based Rural ESCO is expected to reduce the operation and maintenance costs, mobilize more funding for rural electrification, thereby promoting widespread utilization of renewable energy in Fiji. The operational experience from Nabouwalu renewable energy hybrid system demonstrates that such a renewable system is technically viable, and can reduce diesel consumption by 80%. However, the widespread adoption and operation of such a renewable power system is hindered by institutional, economic, financial, and informational barriers. This project, in line with GEF Operational Programmed No. 6, will remove these barriers, thereby leading to wide-scale commercial operation of renewable energy systems to replace current diesel generators in the government stations and provide electric power service to the 900 unelectrified villages. The result will be a reduction in diesel imports for rural electrification and a reduction in Fiji’s CO2 emissions.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Project Approved
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Fiji Department of Energy
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
14,490 USD
GEF Project Grant
740,000 USD
Co-financing Total
670,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 1,424,490.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
31 Dec 1998
Preparation Grant Approved
13 Aug 1998
Project Approved for Implementation
24 Feb 1999
Project closed
04 Dec 2008