Penrhyn solar – ‘icing on the cake’

Thursday June 25, 2015 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Prime Minister Henry Puna is leading a delegation to Penrhyn today for the offi cial opening of the Te Tautua village solar project. Pictured here, Te Tautua Village power station – worth $1.4 million – has been fully operational for a month and is expected to generate up to 42 kilowatts of power. Prime Minister Henry Puna is leading a delegation to Penrhyn today for the offi cial opening of the Te Tautua village solar project. Pictured here, Te Tautua Village power station – worth $1.4 million – has been fully operational for a month and is expected to generate up to 42 kilowatts of power.

Prime Minister Henry Puna is leading a delegation to Penrhyn today to ‘put the icing on the cake’ for the $1.4 million Te Tautua village solar project.

 

Although the solar project has been operational for just over a month, this is the formal ceremony to launch the power station.

In a statement Puna said he is ‘keeping the promise’ he made during his visit to the Pa Enua in May to return and complete the formalities.

Puna will be accompanied by Cook Islands Party Member of Parliament for Penrhyn Willie John and officials from the Renewable Energy Division of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

On Penrhyn, the Omoka Village (504 solar panels) and Te Tautua Village (168 solar panels) renewable energy sites are expected to generate up to 126kW and 42kW respectively.

This is part of a $20.5 million joint venture between the government and New Zealand in solar energy in the Cook Islands, which has already seen the development of solar arrays on Rakahanga, Pukapuka, Nassau, and Palmerston.

Puna said his goal to convert 50 per cent of the Cook Islands to renewable energy has been reached ‘well ahead of schedule’.

The delegation is expected to return to Rarotonga tomorrow.  

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