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.

The Honourable Dr. Saia Ma’u Piukala, the newly appointed Minister of Public Enterprises and Minister of Health, concluded a trip to Tokyo and Okinawa, Japan where he expanded on the significance of the Japan -Tonga relationship.

The focus of the visit was to attend the bid opening ceremony and follow on negotiations for the JICA wind project which was held in a snowing Tokyo, Japan from the 22nd to 29th of January 2018.

Professor Harrie Vredenburg from the University in Calgary, Canada was in Tonga this week to visit the Tonga Department of Energy, the Tonga Power Limited and the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE).

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) continues to play it lead global role in promoting the widespread use and application of feasible renewable energy technologies throughout the world. IRENA has just concluded the eighth session of its Assembly which took place on the 13th-14th January 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


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