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Tonga will soon have a new so­lar farm that will gen­er­ate 1880MWH of electricity per an­num; that’s four per cent of the main is­land, Ton­gat­apu’s en­ergy de­mand. The so­lar farm, which is ex­pected to be gen­er­at­ing by July 2012, is an im­por­tant step to­wards sup­port­ing the Ton­gan Gov­ern­ment’s En­ergy Road Map. It will re­duce Tonga’s diesel con­sump­tion by about 470,000 litres and car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by over two thou­sand tonnes an­nu­ally.

It will re­duce Tonga’s diesel con­sump­tion by about 470,000 litres and car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by over two thou­sand tonnes an­nu­ally.

The build com­bines the ex­per­tise and ef­forts of a range of world-class de­vel­op­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­clud­ing New Zealand com­pa­nies Merid­ian En­ergy, as the lead de­vel­oper; Reid Tech­nol­ogy, as the lead contractor and con­struc­tion man­ager; and Kor­dia, as the civil de­sign and elec­tri­cal sup­port contractor. Con­struc­tion be­gan in Novem­ber on un­de­vel­oped land ad­ja­cent to the Popua Power Sta­tion on the main is­land of Ton­gat­apu. The site will cover a site of 2.5 hectares and com­prise 5,760 So­larworld pho­to­voltaic so­lar pan­els. Fol­low the progress on the Popua So­lar Farm project at face­book.com/pop­ua­so­lar­farm

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