July 29, 2019. Peter Lynch, his wife Salena and son Hugo were exuberantly feted in Vanuatu at celebrations that officially flicked the switch on reliable power to four remote villages.

Since 2011, their Dorrigo-based company Pelena Energy has been working with local communities on Maewo Island to install hydroelectricity.

Peter has visited on many occasions over the years, but July 13 was the first time “family blong Mr Peter” came too.

More than 1000 people from across Vava’u including their Majesties, Ministers, Nobles and the local crowd were drawn towards the PCREEE/DoE display during the Royal Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism Trade Show which took place on 19th July 2019 to promote the use of renewable energy for entrepreneurship and energy efficiency.

More than 30 form 7 students at the Vava’u High School participated in a promotional lecture led jointly by the Department of Energy and the PCREEE on 18th July 2019 to raise the students’ awareness and interest on pursuing further studies and job and business opportunities on sustainable energy. The lecture has a theory and practical component as well as a competition component to test the students’ understanding and effectiveness of the lecture.

New Zealand company Infratec has completed a $US10.8 million Asian Development Bank project to deliver reliable renewable energy to four islands in the southern Cook Islands.

Over the past two years Infratec has designed and delivered solar mini grids and new underground network distribution systems on Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke and Mitiaro.

My name is Daniel Hay-Hendry and I am an Environmental Engineering student from Murdoch University in Perth. I have just completed a 6 weeks internship with the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) as part of my New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship.


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