While Tonga is still counting and dealing with the losses of that fateful 12th February night, one of the happier stories that emerged is that the solar street lights were the primary source of light for the communities during and right after the cyclone.

Barely a week after the Pacific Community and the world celebrated the International Women’s Day, the PCREEE joined the staff of the Energy Division of the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication (MEIDECCC) in Tonga to discuss and to learn about gender  issues in renewable energy projects.

The PCREEE is pleased to be the host for Mr Sione Folau, a Master of Science in Climate Change student from the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) of the University of the South Pacific. Sione is in Tonga at the PCREEE for 3 weeks doing research for his thesis on the topic - Carbon Footprint Mitigation Strategies for the Kingdom of Tonga. The research is based on Tonga's Energy Sector.

The UPNG is a lead training and research institution on renewable energy in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.  It is located in a country that is abundantly blessed with natural resources – oil, gold and LNG to name a few. While PNG has excellent potential for solar, hydro, geothermal and wind, the access to electricity in the country is fairly low.   

The Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) have launched its collaboration to support sustainable energy research proposals for Postgraduates, Masters or PhD programmes through the PCREEE Sustainable Energy Research Support Fund.


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