Three small Pacific islands a fill-able solar
Tokelau is a group of three atolls in the Pacific Ocean belonging to New Zealand and, with the support of the central government of that country, managed to realize a project that allows the three islands supply by 100% solar energy.
The project required a cost of NZ $ 7 million (approximately U.S. $ 5 million) and can supply 1,400 households permanent residents as well as businesses on the island.
The announcement was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, Murray McGully considers the project as “the beginning of a new world, an example of how small Pacific nations can lead the way in the development of renewable and sustainable energy.”
Having no airports or routes that join with the mainland, the three islands that make up the archipelago of Tokelau, dependent on maritime transport and diesel imported to take charge batteries that supply energy on the island, a product of a high cost both economically and environmentally.
Each year consumed 2,000 barrels of diesel at a cost of one million dollars, which, as noted McGully, by a simple calculation, we can see that the return on investment will be achieved within the next five years, as the solar charged batteries require preventive maintenance to the first 20 years of use.
Although these islands are only 12 miles of habitable territory on its overall size, its population has existed since the late eighteenth century and always maintained a high level of control over their environment.
Tokelau is the first step towards seeking greater Sustainability in the use of resources on our planet. As a token of their achievement, the archipelago will participate as co-host of a summit of South Pacific on clean energy the next March, along with Tonga and the Cook Islands.
Link: Three tiny islands are world’s first to rely Entirely on solar power (The Verge)Tags: environment, NZ, Pacific Ocean, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Sustainability