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Tonga can still achieve its 50% of renewable energy by the end of the year

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 5/03/2020

Tonga Power Limited is hopeful Tonga will be able to reach their target of achieving 50% renewable energy by the end of the year 2020.

TPL CEO, Setitaia Chen says there were many challenges they continue to face in their line of work including the impacts from the coronavirus outbreak, however Chen is optimistic that they will be able to achieve 50% renewable energy despite the different obstacles in the way.

“I think the words “will be moved to 2021” needs to be re-communicated. Obviously, the goal has always been to reach the target of 50 percent renewable energy by the end of 2020. There are other projects that has been signed last year and also this year. There are aspects in other areas that are out of the company’s control. For example, the global outbreak of the corona virus – will have an adverse effect on us. Contractors and supplies that have been awarded these projects since last year, but we will stick to our schedule and will continue to monitor its impact. But as it stands right now, TPL is fully committed in reaching our goal by the end of the year.”

The renewable energy project is currently at 12-13% but TPL is still hopeful as there have been many renewable energy projects completed in efforts to achieve this goal and Tonga Power Limited is continuing to work together with partners and related stakeholders on projects currently underway.

“Again, these are some of the factors that are out of the company’s control – we certainly are monitoring closely the developments that are happening globally particularly around the economy. In terms of manufacture, a lot of the projects that we would be undertaking – those equipment will be supplied from China but we are working closely with the contractors to ensure there are no time delays.”

TPL currently has six renewable energy projects in progress in Tongatapu, ‘Eua, and Vava’u.

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