Building on The White House announcement of a $5 million Resilience & Adaptation Fellowship Programme for Rising Leaders in partnership with The University of the South Pacific and U.S. universities, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Laura Lochman learned about USP’s 45KW grid-connected solar array, used for power and training.
Ms Lochman said, “It is great to see this demonstration project in terms of solar connected to the grid, and I understand it was the first here in Fiji and that it also provides, a training ground for others looking at those types of projects in various islands. It’s wonderful and precisely the type of project we are looking for.”
USP Engineering Associate Professor Atul Raturi explained that ahead of the Pacific Energy Conference and Women in Energy Conference earlier this month, Ms Lochlan wanted to have a look at USP’s 45KW grid-connected solar array.
“We are very interested in building our relationship with the U.S. and other partners. We have done some work, a small project at the main campus, where we are building one of the Bures and this is funded by the US Embassy.” Professor Raturi added.
He said, “We believe there is a lot of scope to work with the U.S. Embassy and U.S. government to take this agenda forward and USP being a regional university, all the member countries would benefit, and so we would like to see more and more of these projects coming up”.