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King Tupou VI commissions the first solar power for Niuafo’ou’s hospital

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24th July, 2018 His Majesty King Tupou VI commissioned a new solar power system for Tu’akifālelei’s Hospital in Niuafo’ou last Thursday when he visited the island for its Agricultural Show.

The new solar system is part of the Outer Islands Renewable Energy Project (OIREP) managed by the Department of Energy under the Ministry of MEIDECC.

Principal Energy Officer Mr. Kipola So’otanga said that the hospital was powered by a generator for only six hours every day but with the new installed solar power the island’s hospital will have electricity 24/7.

“Equipment such as electric fan, refrigerators, lights and others can operate through the new installed solar power.”

“A team from the Energy Department also replaced the existing solar home lighting system for 122 households in Niuafo’ou. The new replaced systems can operate for the next 10 years.”

The Energy Department is tasked with the maintenance of the solar power in Niuafo’ou and the island also has a Solar Committee chaired by the Government Representative.

OIREP is funded by the Asian Development Bank, Australian Government, European Union, GEF and Denmark.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications.

 

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