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Solar water pumps and freezers install in Vava’u and Ha’apai

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 23/11/2017

 

The Pacific Environment Community Fund Project under the Department of Energy is currently installing solar water pumps and solar freezers in Ha’apai and Vava’u.

 

The aim is to boost socio- economic and livelihood of rural and remote communities on an environmentally sound manner.

 

The Project Manager, ‘Ofa Sefana from the Department of Energy, says 22 solar water pumps are currently set up in 16 villages in Vava’u at,Koloa, Holeva, Tu’anekivale, Mangia, Houma, Ha’akio, Longomapu, Tu’anuku, Tefisi, Taoa, Pangaimotu, ‘Utulei, Talihau, Leimatu’a, ‘Utui and Okoa.

 

There 36 solar freezers which are set up in 20 remote islands of Vava’u and Ha’apai, including Hunga, Ovaka, Lape, Matamaka, Nuapapu, Falevai, ‘Otea, Kapa, Taunga, Ofu and Olo’ua in Vava’u, as well as Fonoi, Mango, ‘O’ua, Tungua, Matuku, Kotu, Fotuha’a, Lofanga and Mo’unga’one in Ha’apai.

 

The 22 solar water pumps will benefit targeted communities by lowering the salinity level of water, cost of operation for water pump and water tariff for households.

 

The work is scheduled to be officially commissioned on December 6, 2017.

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