Swiss developer to install 7 MW solar system at Fijian gold mine


Swiss-based clean energy provider The meeco Group is conversant in developing on and off-grid clean energy solutions for remote areas and will now spur the deployment of large and medium-scaled clean energy solutions in the island state of Fiji.

Meeco, represented by local JV  oursun Pacific Limited, will design, engineer and install a 7 MWp sun2live solar system to minimize the polluting emissions of CO² caused by the commercial utilization of fossil fuels.

The sun2live system is meeco’s solar power generation solution for grid-connected and off-grid use, comprising Tier-one solar modules, inverters and mounting systems adapted to local conditions.

The term sheet for the 7 MWp ground-mounted solar power plant was concluded with  Canadian development and exploration company Lion One Metals Limited, which will subsequently be a 50% shareholder of the SPV through an already agreed buy-in structure.

A solid gold idea

As a high-grade gold producer, Lion One Metals owns and will operate the Tuvatu Gold Project in Fiji. The Tuvatu gold mine is on the west coast of Viti Levu. To operate the mine 24 hours per day, oursun Pacific will develop, build and operate a 7 MWp sun2live solar hybrid system with diesel generators for a total production capacity of up to 11 MWp.

The sun2live system will be built on 4.1 hectares of unused land 3.5 km away from the Tuvatu Gold Project and 17 km from Nadi International Airport.

The estimated annual eco-friendly energy production of the sun2live system will be approximately 10.31 GWh and thus will displace more than 6,000 tons of CO² emissions per year.

Meeco’s intelligent energy management system – sun2safe XXL – will be installed to manage and optimize the power production and energy supply.

“The construction of the sun2live and sun2safe XXL installation, especially in that unique size, will be a flagship project for the Fiji energy roadmap, progressing the goal of the Fijian government to increase the renewable energy capacity in the country”, said Nayeem Subedar, director of oursun Pacific. “The island has abundant natural renewable energy resources but still depends heavily on imported fuels. The solar farm will have a positive and measurable impact on the Fiji environment and economy. These key attributes of the project are also expected to translate into social benefits for the people of Fiji.”