More than 1,000 solar panels are officially working in the northern Cook Islands of Penrhyn and Manihiki.
The project is expected to provide 95% of the electricity and give power to more than 230 buildings. This is a $250 million investment in the Cook Islands which alreadyÂ has solar panels in many isles.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said, â€œThese projects will save approximately 230,000 litres of imported diesel per year and free up Cook Island government funds for other development priorities.â€
â€œNew Zealand has been supporting a major push to increase the uptake of renewable energy in the Pacific. Our work in the Cook Islands is part of a wider $100 million investment renewable energy across seven Pacific countries.â€
Originally from Scoop, New Zealandâ€™s Independent News Media