Tonga Power Limited’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Robert Matthews and CEO of Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology Co. Ltd, Mr Sam Leung have signed a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) at the Zhuhai Singyes headquarters in China on September 12, 2016 for the construction and commissioning of a 2 Megawatt solar facility at Matatoa, on the King’s land at Mata-ki-‘Eua.
In a statement today Tonga Power Ltd. said that Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology Co. Ltd. specializes in environmental protection and renewable energy application. The company also engages in the investment, construction and operation of large scale solar photovoltaic power plants and micro-grid energy systems, boasting a top-grade design and construction qualification in China, and has been involved in more than 600 large systems engineering projects.
The new solar farm is expected to be fully operational by mid next year and is part of Tonga Power Limited’s continuing initiative to contribute and support the Government of Tonga's commitment of striving to a 100% renewable energy.
Mr Matthews said, “Through a successful collaborative alliance with Zhuhai Singyes, a company with proven expertise as a solar developer, Tonga can be proud to be at the forefront of solar generation in the Pacific and we can look forward to a better renewable energy future”.
Tonga currently generates electricity from costly imported diesel fuel. As the largest solar plant to be constructed in Tongatapu, this 2 Megawatt solar facility is a step further towards reducing the nation’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.
At various stages, the project will provide employment for locals during the construction period. Funded entirely by Zhuhai Singyes, the total project cost is in excess of T$10 million.