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The new Mata ‘o e La‘a Solar Facility was officially handed over to Tonga’s king by Japan’s ambassador in a ceremony last week.

The facility will generate 3% of Tongatapu’s – the main island of the Kingdom of Tonga – power needs and is expected to reduce demand for diesel fuel by 400,000 litres annually. As recently as 20103, 96% of Tonga’s electricity generation was still dependent on diesel.

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Source: Energy Matters