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Friday 18 August 2017

Thayngen, Switzerland
Only two countries in the Asia and Pacific region made this year's top ten list of the world's best solar-energy countries, ranked by the SolarSuperState Association. Japan was third and Australia ninth. So far, Tonga has not been ranked this year due to a lack of current information.
Friday 11 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A centre to fast-track the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in the private sector and business communities throughout the Pacific has started operating out of its base in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, this month.
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Monday 31 July 2017

Apia, Samoa
Finding the best areas to generate solar power in Pacific Island countries is now possible with a new free tool, Global Solar Atlas, facilitated by the World Bank, and launched today, 31 July, at the Pacific Power Association (PPA) Conference in Apia, Samoa. At the click of a button, the application will help investors and policymakers identify potential sites for this renewable energy.
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Thursday 6 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's power tariffs have decreased by 4.66 seniti per kWh from 85.86 seniti per kWh to 81.20 seniti per kWh, from 1July 2017. This represents a 5.4% reduction in tariff from last quarter.
Thursday 6 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A roof top solar system at the Prince Wellington Ngu Hospital, Vava'u, was officially inaugurated on July 3 by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala.
Thursday 27 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The opening of the first Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) office was marked in Nuku’alofa on 26 April, during an event held at the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel, by the Pacific Community (SPC).
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Thursday 13 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More than 100 high level delegates and experts will meet in Nuku’alofa on April 24-28 for the Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministerial Meeting, to discuss the latest international and regional developments affecting the region in these sectors.
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Friday 31 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In announcing a power increase of 2.84 seniti per unit (kWh) starting tomorrow April 1, Tonga Power Ltd. has offered a lifeline tariff reduction for their most vulnerable consumers due to the high power tariff of 85.86 seniti/kWh. The increase is attributed to diesel price movement.
Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A significant increase in the regulated price of diesel has been approved by the Competent Authority effective 16 January 2017. This has contributed to an increase of 15.40 seniti per litre (13.8%) from $1.1124 per litre in September 2016 to $1.2664 per litre in January 2017, Tonga Power Ltd. announced today. Makatu’unga ‘i he lahi e hiki ‘i he totongi ‘o e lolo tisolo ‘a ia na’e tali ‘e he Pule Fe’unga ke kamata gaue’aki ‘i he ‘aho 16 Sanuali 2017, kuo hiki ai e totongi ‘o e lolo ‘aki ‘a e seniti ‘e 15.40 ki he lita (13.8%) mei he $1.1124 ki he lita ‘i Sepitema 2016 ki he totongi fo’ou ko e $1.2664 ki he lita ‘i Sanuali 2017.
Friday 23 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ha'apai solar farm project - an on-grid project which will become the first utility scale solar energy generation facility in Ha’apai - was visited yesterday by Australian Minister, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and her delegation who were welcomed by Tonga Power Ltd. staff and the Governor of Ha'apai, Mo’ale Finau. Australia has contributed AUD$5.7 million towards Tonga's Outer Islands Renewable Energy Project in co-financing with the Asian Development Bank and the European Union.
Thursday 22 September 2016

Suva, Fiji
A device to use ocean waves as an energy source in the Pacific Islands has been invented by staff and a student at the University of the South Pacific and was recently patented by Intellectual Property Australia.
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Monday 19 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A $10 million pa'anga project to build the largest solar energy plant in Tongatapu, follows the signing of a long term Power Purchase Agreement between Tonga Power Ltd. and a Chinese power producer on September 12, 2016, for the construction and commissioning of a 2 Megawatt solar facility at at Mata-ki-‘Eua, which is expected to be fully operational by mid-2017.
Wednesday 14 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Neiafu bowsers have run out of petrol again today, forcing the Vava’u tourist industry into crisis control at the height of the tourist season, and crippling the local economy. Vava’u has not seen a fuel barge arrive in nearly a month and only a trickle of petrol is getting through. Dozens of vehicles remained queued at an empty petrol station in Neiafu this afternoon, waiting in hope for a whiff of fuel.
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Wednesday 3 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only 20% of households in the Pacific Islands have access to electricity, and electricity prices in the region are among the highest in the world, the Pacific Power Association Conference in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, was reminded yesterday. Keynote speaker, Kamleshwar Khelawan pointed out that more clarity in governance areas would help to encourage private sector confidence and much needed investment partnerships in the energy sector.
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Friday 18 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Energy and climate change officials from around the Pacific met in Nuku’alofa this week to discuss efforts to ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy in the region.
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Tuesday 1 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New climate resilient buildings for twelve schools that have been rebuilt and refurbished in Ha’apai after being badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Ian in 2014, were handed over to the Tonga government last week on 26 February.
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Friday 26 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s current electricity tariffs will be cut by 11% on meter readings from 1 March, bringing tariffs down to 69.99 seniti per unit - the lowest since 2008, the CEO of Tonga Power Ltd., Robert Matthews, announced on 25 February, and the benefits will be passed on to all electricity consumers in Tongatapu, Vava’u, ‘Eua and Ha’apai.
Tuesday 23 February 2016
Ngerulmud, Palau
Palau has signed a National Energy Act into law to completely reshape its energy sector. The Act will enable an Administration to be formed to better coordinate and manage energy to meet policy goals, especially through renewable sources.
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Thursday 10 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Power Ltd. paid its highest dividend to the Government of Tonga, handing over a cheque for $2 million pa'anga on December 8. The 2014-15 dividend represents a 27% increase on the previous year's return to government.
Thursday 25 June 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Asian Development Bank report noted that Tonga, a country of about 176 islands, is one of the most vulnerable countries in the Pacific to climate change, and that the ADB is supporting the Tongan Government's efforts to build up the country’s resilience to natural disasters and assisting with its renewable energy goals.
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