1,000 solar panels in Cook Islands officially opened

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 […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

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 already has solar panels in many isles.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said: “these projects will save approximately 230,000 litres of imported diesel per year and free up Cook Island government funds for other development priorities.

“New 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.”