Tonga’s Energy Road Map will get a $6.5 Million boost from the European Union over the next three months after a deal was signed between the European Union and the Tongan Government at Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland on Monday March 25.
A two-day Pacific Leaders Energy Summit started in Nuku’alofa today, with eight leaders sharing experiences, while coming up with models to develop the usage of renewable energy in the Pacific.
The construction of Vava’u’s first solar power plant to be built with a US$5 million grant from the Government of Abu Dhabi is on target for completion by October 2013. When the plant comes into operation it will provide 13 percent of the annual energy demands of Vava’u, while saving up to 180,000 litres of diesel fuel annually to reduce the cost of electricity.
The World Bank and the Government of Tonga today signed a US$2.9 million grant agreement to implement the Tonga Energy Road Map, which will improve the access, efficiency and cost of energy for Tonga’s 104,000 people. The Government of Australia, through the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility, is contributing US$2.5 million of the total grant, according to a press statement by the World Bank today.
Tonga’s first Solar Farm, built at a cost of TOP $12 million, is expected to be in full operation by August, said John van Brink, the General Manager of the Tonga Power Ltd.
The Tongan Energy Road Map (TERM) project took another step toward achieving its ten years objective of reducing Tonga’s dependence on fossil fuels, when Lord Ma’afu, Tonga’s Energy Minister, signed an agreement with Martin Hiller, the Director General of the Renewal Energy and Energy Efficiency partnership (REEEP) for technical assistance to Tonga.
A World Bank Energy Sector Mission Team visited Tonga on September 20-23 to discuss and advance the preparation of a proposed World Bank and Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) under the Tonga Energy Road Map (TERM).