Tokelau islands shifting solely to renewable energy resources

Tokelau is a territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean that consists of three      tropical coral atolls with a combined land area of 10 km2 and a population of approximately 1,400.

Tokelau is an island that until recently was fully dependent on diesel fuel for covering its needs in electricity but now has shifted to environmental friendly resources that are in abundant on the island, such as sun and coconut. Thus, Tokelau can be added to the list of the counties that are solely dependent on renewable energy resources.  

The Renewable Energy Project was installed by PowerSmart, a New Zealand based company and consists of Photovoltaic (PV) panels and coconut biofuel powered generators. The generation of green energy can cover country’s current  energy demand about 150%. Other than environmental benefits deriving from a shift to renewable energy resources, there are also economic benefits since the consumption of diesel had a cost more than $1 million NZD, money that now can be put toward social programs.

Tonga and the Cook Islands seems to follow the example of Tokelau to develop renewable energy in coordination with New Zealand. Moreover, the renewable energy project in Tokelau has generated much interest in renewable energy from New Zealanders as well.


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