Fiji Agrophotovoltaic Project in Ovalau

Fiji Agrophotovoltaic Project in Ovalau

 Fiji produces over half of its electricity from hydropower. However, the volatility of annual rainfall in recent years, along with an increase in climate variability, has compounded problems caused by the lack of a stable electricity supply.

This project aims to overcome barriers of financing, technical capacity, and limited availability of land by supporting an innovative technology that combines photovoltaic power generation and agricultural production. It will do this by financing a 4 MW solar agrophotovoltaic (APV) system and 5MW battery energy storage system (BESS) in Ovalau, Fiji’s sixth largest island. It will develop solar power generation simultaneously with battery storage and, as a co-benefit, boost local agricultural production. A key feature of this initiative is the way it will provide technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of local communities while also establishing a climate project financing facility within Fiji's Development Bank (FDB). 

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


30 Apr 2019 - 480 days

Concept note received

30 Apr 2019

Funding proposal received

13 Jan 2020

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

07 Apr 2020

Cleared by iTAP

28 Jul 2020


21 Aug 2020 - 947 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

21 Aug 2020

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

11 Dec 2020

Under implementation


One region

  • Asia-Pacific

One country

One priority group

  • Small Island Developing States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

GrantUSD 1,100,000
LoanUSD 3,900,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 5,000,000


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 1,000,000
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 4,000,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 5,000,000

GCF Contacts

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GCF Communications
Phone +82 32 4458 6338 (KST)
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Project complaints and grievances

GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
Phone +82 32 458 6186 (KST)
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6155 (KST)
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Accredited Entity

Fiji Development Bank
Mr. Saud Minam

Chief Executive Officer
G.P.O. Box 104, Suva, 360 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji
Phone (679) 3314866
Ms. Setaita Draunidalo Tamanikaiyaroi

Manager Climate & Eco-Finance
G.P.O. Box 104, Suva, 360 Victoria Parade,, Suva, Fiji
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Economy
Mr. Shiri Krishna Gounder Primary
Permanent Secretary for Economy
Mr. Kushaal Raj Secondary
Acting Head of Climate Change and International Cooperation Division