The remote island chain of Tokelau, positioned between New Zealand and Hawaii in the Pacific, suddenly has a significant claim to fame. Tokelau has become the first territory able to meet all of its electricity needs with solar power, officials say, completely weaning the string of atolls off of the diesel generators it has relied on for decades.
Tokelau--which is made up of the Atafu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo atolls--is administered by New Zealand, and it was New Zealand that made the $7 million investment in the territory’s energy future. With solar stations on all three atolls (the last of which was completed this week) the three main atolls now have the renewable energy capacity to meet the electricity needs of all of Tokelau’s 1,500 inhabitants.
Via Olive Ventures