Tokelau Will Be World’s First Solar Powered Nation

New Zealand is blessed with an abundance of outstanding areas to stay. Travelling within New Zealand is a joy. Internal flights are plentiful. Roads are superb and uncrowded. Railways are fantastic, safe and spectacularly scenic. From Abseiling to White-Water Rafting, from Antarctic Encounters to Whale-Watching, you can actually do it all in New Zealand.

In the south pacific ocean, there are a nice small island called Tokelau which consists of three atolls in the South Pacific Ocean which are known as Atafo, Fakaofo and Nukunonu which include 127 islands and Motu.

Their electricity needs, though modest, are met by burning diesel fuel in generators. The transportation of the nearly 2,000 barrels of fuel consumed each year costs the population around a million dollars — a heavy toll.

The Tokelau island has something really special to offer to the traveler and the environmentalist where they are on track to become world’s first solar-powered nation. Using 4,032 solar panels and 1,344 batteries, the island nation will generate 150% of its own current electricity demand.

Tokelau Will Be World's First Solar Powered Nation

Workers install a solar array in Tokelau, an island nation that will be powered with renewable energy from September 2012.

Currently, diesel-powered electricity costs the nation more than $1 million a year (approximately $715 per person, with per capita purchasing energy of just a little more than $1000, despite the fact that the newest information is well over a decade old). Even though it’s going to cost $7.5 million to install all the solar panels (the money is coming from New Zealand’s government), immediately after the system is paid off, the panels will still have nearly two decades of life in them before major maintenance is needed.

When the installations are switched on in September, fossil fuels will only be crucial for the 3 cars maintained by the country. Other countries and territories in the area, motivated by high fuel costs, plentiful sun, and somewhat small populations, are also working on going all-renewable. Tuvalu, Samoa, plus the Cook Islands could possibly soon be the second, third, and fourth countries to rely almost entirely on solar energy.

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