By Pesi Fonua - Matangi Tonga Online. Tonga‘s CoViD-19 travel restrictions have disrupted national renewable energy targets for the next two years. Getting technical experts into the country to design and commission urgent work is a major problem.

A 10-year plan called the “Tonga Energy Road Map 2010-2020”  (TERM) aimed to achieve 50% of electric power from renewable energy sources by 2020.

SPC Headquarters will be supplied with solar energy very soon! The installation of the solar panels at SPC Headquarters has been completed, and the operating authorization is expected shortly.

The new photovoltaic system is aligned with SPC's Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER) policy and its 2017-2022 Climate Change Framework. It will enable SPC to act as a responsible organization proudly contributing to regional efforts against global warming, and to the goal set by the 2015 Paris Agreement (COP 21).

Electricity consumers in Tonga can expect better value-for-money, cleaner and more resilient and reliable electricity services in the next five years. These are the expected outcomes from the Electricity Concession Contract (ECC) that was signed at Nuku’alofa by the Tonga Government, the Tonga Power Ltd (TPL) and the Tonga Electricity Commission (TEC) on 12th January 2021. The Hon. Minister for Finance and National Planning, Tevita Lavemaau signed on behalf of the Government and Dr ‘Aisake Eke, chairperson of the joint Utilities Board signed on behalf of the TPL while Rev.

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Vienna / Abu Dhabi 12 January 2021 - The upscaling of digital technologies presents a host of opportunities for small island developing states (SIDS) to diversify their economies, boost manufacturing, gain greater access to global value chains, and improve disaster preparedness. However, significant obstacles remain, including inadequate digital infrastructure, insufficient training opportunities for women and young people, a growing digital divide, and a lack of data and policy knowledge.

SAMOA: Flavia Luamanuvae Vaai, from Salelologa, Savai’i, has earned a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy from a top Australian university, making her one of few Pacific women to enter the male-dominated field. 

Ms. Luamanuvae Vaai told the Samoa Observer she was the recipient of an Australia Award Scholarship, which allowed her to study at the University of Queensland, one of Australia's most prestigious universities. 


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