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Government targets to install solar powered water pumps in all of Tonga by 2020

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 26/07/2016)

A project under MEIDECC’s Department of Energy has set a work program that by 2020 water pumps in Tonga will be solar powered and that few diesel based engines will be on standby.

Solar Pump Project Manager Mr. ‘Ofa Sefana said so far 11 solar pumps have been set up in villages around Tongatapu and they were looking forward to establishing more solar pump in Tonga.

Information from MEIDECC says thye’ve have established 11 solar pumps in 11 villages and we are looking forward to set up 75+ solar pumps here in Tongatapu.

The villages include Masilamea, Vaini, Kala’au, Toloa, Ha’alalo, Ha’utu, Vaotu’u, Matahau, Nukunuku.

According to Sefana, the first phase of MEIDECC’s Solar Pump System Project has been completed in Ha’apai and they were looking forward to start the second phase for all villages of ‘Uta Vava’u and the third phase of the project is yet to be confirmed.

The first phase of the project has been completed which were the set-up of solar pumps in Ha’apai. We are about to start the second phase in Vava’u and we are planning to complete it in the first quarter of 2017.

The third phase of the project is Tongatapu which we are now working on at the moment but the project will be on-going until 2020.

The project would benefit Tongans in terms of accessing cheaper water supply and it reducing pollution from the using of fossil fuel in the current water pumping system.

The project is funded by the IUCN Oceania Regional Office and the New Zealand based Whatpowercrisis Company.

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