Caption: World’s largest marina installation by Sunergise at Port Denarau Marina. File Photo.
Fiji’s Sunergise International and Clay Energy today announce a partnership to improve solar uptake in the Pacific.
Sunergise International, the first pan-Pacific solar power service company announces the acquisition of a shareholding in Suva-based engineering company Clay Energy. The partnership will see Clay Energy providing technical and engineering services to Sunergise, from system design through to installation, maintenance and servicing.
Sunergise International made headlines in December 2012, when Fiji’s Attorney General opened the company’s first landmark installation – a 122 KW roof mounted system at Port Denarau Marina, which is the largest of its kind for a marina anywhere in the world. A second system followed shortly after, at Denarau Golf and Racquet Club. Since then Sunergise has seen a surge of interest in its offering from commercial customers who see value in the company’s offer of risk-free guaranteed power savings with zero upfront capital costs. By the end of September 2013, Sunergise will have completed a further 6 installations in Fiji, including the first residential system; the first off-grid system at Tokiriki Island; and roof-mounted arrays at Golf Terraces, RB Patel Jetpoint, and Roosters Future Farms factory in Ba. The Marina will also be upping its share of green power by an additional 50 kw of solar.
“Our pipeline is growing all the time” says Sunergise Fiji Director Ajay Raniga. “As we expand our portfolio, it is vital that we have the highest quality of technical support in-house. We are delighted to announce our partnership with Clay Energy, which fulfills this need and presents a great opportunity to grow our businesses together.”
Bruce Clay, a longtime resident of Suva who has a specialist engineering expertise in renewable energy, established Clay Energy in 1998. Clay Energy has since emerged as one of the region’s most reputable professional solar engineering firms, with a strong team of 24 staff, including 18 technical workers. The company has worked on more than 300 sites across Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati. These projects include a wide spectrum of technologies – wind, hydro, solar – and range in size and location, from small-scale off-grid systems for remote telecom towers, to grid-connected systems for commercial and residential customers. Clay Energy recently commissioned a 228kW solar power system for the luxury Turtle Island resort in the Yasawa Group, which is the largest resort solar power system in the South Pacific.
Bruce Clay notes “We became interested in working with Sunergise because our business models are complementary and we saw the opportunity as benefiting us both. As businesses, we share similar missions and values. Sunergise and Clay Energy are both local companies who are dedicated to helping secure a clean, affordable and sustainable energy future for the islands using a commercial model.”
Sunergise International is a pan-Pacific solar energy provider. Based in Auckland, New Zealand and servicing New Zealand, Fiji and the Pacific, Sunergise is on a mission to help the people of the Pacific go solar sooner. Please visit www.sunergisegroup.com for more information.
About Clay Energy
Based in Suva, Fiji, Clay Engineering supplies a range of renewable energy equipment and offers a complete design, installation and maintenance service. Principal Bruce Clay sits on the executive committee of the Sustainable Energy Industry Association of the Pacific Islands. Please visit www.clayenergy.com.fj for more information.