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28th August, 2017 The Government of Tonga, in partnership with the Pacific Community’s Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and the Australia and New Zealand Solar and Energy Storage Councils, are spearheading an effort to substantially increase the use of renewable energy in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).


 

Following five earlier grant aid-funded solar farms, the Kingdom of Tonga finally commissioned its first large scale independent power producer facility on Thursday 19 October 2017 – Matatoa Solar Farm. The 2 megawatt grid-connected solar farm is the first and obviously the largest in the Kingdom to date.

The Nuku’alofa-based Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) has acknowledged and congratulated Tonga for the right path it has taken and the model it is providing for the Pacific Islands.


Suva, Fiji –Twenty private sector energy businesses from around the Pacific region took part in a week long South-South capacity building and knowledge exchange program from 2 to 6 October Suva, Fiji. Participants explored opportunities to expand their business models and heard how the newly established Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) could provide them with on-going support in networking and coordination efforts.


Asbestos is a harmful mineral that is not used as often now as it was in past few decades, but nevertheless is still in use in a number of industries. Older homes are full of asbestos, as are many power plants and oil refineries. Exposure to asbestos puts people at risk for serious illnesses, including malignant mesothelioma. The strive toward alternative energy is leaving no room for asbestos, though, and that helps protect everyone.

The following link is an awareness article on reducing the catastrophe effect asbestos cause by using alternative energies:


The PCREEE has a strong focus on the private sector and industry while supporting targeted renewable energy and energy efficiency programs to enhance the productivity of key industries with high job leverage (e.g. agriculture, tourism, fishery, manufacturing, creative industry) and the creation of a locally sustainable energy servicing and manufacturing industry. 


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