29 Aug 2016

Cooks Islands looking at mini hydro schemes

From , 5:00 am on 29 August 2016

A businessman in the Cook Islands is planning a small hydro electricity operation to satisfy some of Rarotonga's night time power needs.

The pilot scheme will involve pumping water to a vast holding tank and then letting it run through turbines at night.

Lawyer Tim Arnold, who has been working with businessman Chris Vaile on the scheme, says it is a product of the Cook Islands drive for renewable energy.

He told Don Wiseman the Cooks cannot rely on a swift flowing mountain river for hydro power.

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