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Pacific Islands Inspiring Leadership in Renewable Energy

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10th November, 2017 Tonga's Saint George Palace to install solar panels: Symbolic of country's aim to reach 50% renewable energy 2020


During an event held by Solar Head of State and the Pacific Islands Development Forum on the first day of COP23, the Pacific region’s advances in renewable energy took the spotlight. The event in the Fiji Pavilion featured speakers from the governments of Tonga, Niue, Tokelau and Palau and representatives from Greenpeace and ClimateWorks Australia to discuss the various successes of renewable energy in the region, and the benefit it is bringing residents.

In a symbolic move to showcase the island nation’s ambitious goals, Tonga announced the installation of solar panels for the St. George Palace as part of the Solar Head of State program. the installation will be the first of its kind in the Pacific that demonstrates national leadership for use of solar power in such an iconic building.

The installation of panels is symbolic of the wider leadership on renewable energy by small island develop states (SIDS), and serves a physical embodiment of Pacific politician’s commitment to fighting climate change. The leader of the Tongan Delegation, Mr Paula Ma’u, signed an agreement at the event agreeing to work with Solar Head of State and the Pacific Island Development Forum to carry out the installation.

“Our intent is to demonstrate that Tonga is serious when it comes to climate and energy. While we need a few more years to roll out renewable energy across the islands, this installation will be a mark of our greater ambition to decarbonize our economy”, said Ma’u.

The Tonga delegation has been attending a number of bilateral meetings here at the COP23 in the past few days.



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

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 November 2017 09:53 )  

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