Nuku’alofa, Tonga 08th Feb, 2019 - Ms. Tiueti Fangupo today concluded her 6 weeks Summer Internship at the PCREEE. Ms Fangupo is a final year student studying Bachelor of Engineering (Structural) at the University of Technology, Auckland, NZ.
Tiueti started her Summer Internship with PCREEE in December last year. Her internship included working with the Tonga Department of Energy exposing her to some of the small scale and community-based Renewable Energy projects the department is working on. She also spent a few weeks with Tonga Power Limited that included assessing and visits to their grid-connected solar and wind farms.
“This is a great experience for me as I learnt more about Tonga’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency developments and their economic and environmental impacts. I was particularly interested in the structural integrity of the renewable energy installation and their resilience to extreme weather events,” said Tiueti. She also added the excitement of meeting new people and creating new contacts and networks which would be handy when she finish her studies and return to work at the end of the year.
The internship is a collaboration between the PCREEE, the Auckland-based Pacific Co-operation Foundation (PCF) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The internship is part of PCREEE’s capacity building and youth entrepreneurship activities in the region and is looking forward to hosting more students from the region in the future.