The largest solar power system in the South Pacific is being installed by New Zealand solar energy firm Powersmart on the islands of Tokelau.
Existing diesel electricity systems are to be replaced with solar power systems and battery storage.
Tokelau is comprised of three atolls: Atafu, Fakaofo and Nukunonu; and Fakaofo is the first among the three to become fully solar powered this week.
All of Tokelau’s three atolls are expected have their own solar electricity system before 2013.
Mike Bassett-Smith, Powersmart director, said: “This system is among the largest off-grid solar power systems in the world and the largest solar system being installed the South Pacific.”
Powersmart plans to install solar systems capable of providing 150 per cent of current electricity demand allowing the Tokelauans to expand their electricity use without increasing diesel use.
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