1 Nov 2017

Private solar power farm set up in Tonga

8:42 am on 1 November 2017

A Chinese investor is behind Tonga's first private solar power farm.

Solar energy

Solar energy Photo: RNZ

The Pacific Community's Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency is overseeing the commissionintonga solar g of the two megawatt power station.

The centre's manager Solomone Fifita said the agency's role was to foster renewable power developments by involving the private sector.

He said they were delighted by this first private development.

"For the PCREEE and its mission we are really heartened and encouraged by that arrangement and we are hoping that similar arrangements can also take place in other Pacific Island countries."

Aid donors have already set up five solar farms in Tonga.