20th November, 2018 - Tonga, a Small Island Developing State in the Asia-Pacific region, is highly vulnerable to climate change. Despite having a huge potential for renewable energy, particularly from solar and wind, several technical and financial barriers have constrained the uptake of renewable energy in the country, resulting to a reliance on fossil fuels for more than 70% of electricity generation in 2018.

Nuku’alofa, 8th October 2018 – “Teach a child a good habit and he or she will never depart from it as they grow up”, that was the remark by Energy Efficiency Officer, Mr Sione Misi when he took part in a team that visited  primary schools around Tongatapu on the 7th and 8th November to promote awareness on energy efficiency.

It is a fact that Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) contribute a minuscule amount to the global emissions of harmful Greenhouse Gases that cause climate change. On the other hand, every year, PICTs import for one billion US in fossil fuels for transport and energy. Imagine the symbolic and practical potential for Pacific nations if they could only spend that amount in clean green energy instead!

Thanks to visionary leadership across Pacific nations, that potential is getting closer than ever to becoming a reality.

The American Samoa Power Authority is close to getting started on a new photovoltaic project on Tutuila which will produce 20 megawatts of electricity.

Also in the works is a 35 megawatt wind turbine project at Aasu.

The Authority’s chief operations officer, Lavatai Reno Vivao, said even though their leader, Utu Abe Malae has dies, they are making every effort to continue the projects.


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