The South Pacific Islands of Tokelau have managed to become the first such territory to have all their energy needs met by renewable power.

The territory, which consists of the three atolls of Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo – had been dependent on diesel to generate electricity, but is now fully powered by solar grids.

The BBC reports that New Zealand, which administers Tokelau, funded the $7m (£4.3m) solar project, which made the achievement possible.

“The Tokelau Renewable Energy Project is a world first. Tokelau’s three main atolls now have enough solar capacity, on average, to meet electricity needs,” New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said in a statement.

The remote islands of Tokelau lie between New Zealand and Hawaii.

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