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“I ‘o Manumataongo” – new wind farm for Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 10/07/2019

His Majesty King Tupou VI this morning commissioned a new wind farm for Tonga at Niutoua naming it “I ‘o Manumataongo.”

At the program – the Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika says the project is part of Japan’s grant aid to Tonga worth USD $20M through Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA.

In his remarks, Deputy Prime Minister – Semisi Sika says, the project is part of Japan’s grant aid to Tonga worth USD $20M through Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA.

The project marks a significant milestone and tangible progress towards the government’s overall objective of reducing reliance on costly imported diesel but most importantly, combatting climate change through substantial investments and renewable energy.

“More than 91% of our overall grid connected electricity is supplied by generators fueled by imported diesel. In addition, an estimated 13 million liters of diesel is consumed to generate electricity at a cost that’s about 10% of our Gross Domestic Product and about 15% of the total value of imports. Peak demand is expected to increase to 10.2 megawatts by 2020. It is clear that progress towards our goal of generating 50% renewable energy and achieving a 50% reduction in diesel consumption by 2020 is more than just a “feel good” statement that attracts regional and international acclaim,” he said.

“It is a firm declaration of Tonga’s attempt and a core part of government’s strategies to guard against oil price volatility and to take necessary steps to improve the reliability of the power supply to our people while at the same time reduce Tonga’s carbon emission footprint. We’re making solid and progress towards these goals. NBK cooperation, Nishisowa Ltd, and Progressive Energy Cooperation – we extend our appreciation to your companies 0915 CONT 17c01008 0000 for having the vision to do business and foster relationships in Tonga and the Pacific.”

The new system is expected to cover approximately 8 percent of Tonga’s electricity supply.

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