Rooster Poultry, a BSP Life subsidiary, is proud to announce the country’s first solar-powered poultry operations.
Rooster Poultry has partnered with Sunergise International, the first pan-Pacific solar energy provider, to turn one of their major properties located in Ba into a green energy leader. The 250 KW roof-mounted installation at the poultry operations is Fiji’s largest, and was completed by a local team of engineers from Sunergise’s partner company Clay Energy.
For Rooster Poultry the decision to go solar had several advantages. Stanley Raniga, Incoming General Manager for Rooster Poultry, explains: “Electricity is a major part of our operations and having solar power is the perfect alternative energy source for us to supplement our energy requirements. We have a huge roof space that we can put to work to reduce operating costs.”
“As the sun shines most of the year in Ba, we are in the perfect location to harness this energy using the system installed by Sunergise to power our facilities. Not only are we saving money but also doing our part for our environment. The aim is take it to 500kW later this year.”
Ajay Raniga, Director of Sunergise Fiji, adds: “We are delighted to work with a client like Rooster Poultry, and to be able to offer them an option to enjoy long-term, real savings. The poultry industry in Fiji is growing fast – over 18 million birds were processed in 2013, double the number from 2010. Fiji is well on the way to becoming self-sufficient in poultry. This project has been one of the most exciting we’ve undertaken to date. We are looking forward in the coming year to doubling the current installation size to 500 KW – half a megawatt of clean, environmentally friendly solar power.”
Going green is also an important priority for BSP Life, the owners of Rooster Poultry. With a long-term investment horizon and a key role in the Fiji economy, BSP Life is committed to social and environmental leadership as a good corporate citizen. The company invests in good businesses that carry greater benefits to society.
Solar fits squarely within the criteria of Fiji’s environmental policies. Fiji gets just over half its grid power from hydro, with the balance from predominantly diesel powered generators. That means every KW of solar energy which substitutes for diesel generators saves on burning expensive, polluting fossil fuels. Solar also increases the total available power supply during the daytime for consumers –a win-win situation for FEA and individual customers like Rooster Poultry.
Mr Ajay Raniga adds: “We focus on working closely with FEA as our key strategic partner. Their support and guidance has been invaluable.”
The installation at Rooster Poultry is one of a number of recent projects completed by Sunergise International in Fiji. The company has projects at Denarau Marina, Denarau Golf and Racquet Club, The Terraces Apartments on Denarau Island, Tokiriki Island Resort, and the first solar supermarket at RB Patel JetPoint in Nadi.