Tiny Pacific Island Becomes The First Completely Solar-Powered Nation

Think a completely renewable-energy-based society is a pipe dream? Tiny Tokelau will no longer rely on imported diesel, instead switching over to solar panels and coconut-based biofuel. Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa, and Tuvalu plan to follow suit in the next decade. Voice Of America reports:

The remote islands of Tokelau have become the first territory in the world to be powered by the sun, officials say. The move is expected to save money and ease the environmental burden of relying on imported fossil fuels.

“The Tokelau Renewable Energy Project is a world first. Tokelau’s three main atolls now have enough solar capacity, on average, to meet electricity needs,” said New Zealand’s foreign affairs minister Murray McCully in a statement. “Until now, Tokelau has been 100 percent dependent upon diesel for electricity generation, with heavy economic and environmental costs.”

The island nations of Samoa and Tuvalu are aiming to get all of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The Cook Islands plans to start converting to solar panels and wind turbines, while most houses in the South Pacific archipelago will begin to use solar water heaters.

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8 Responses to Tiny Pacific Island Becomes The First Completely Solar-Powered Nation

  1. Jin The Ninja November 17, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    this is amazing. hemp is often touted as a panacea plant, but coconut is just as useful.

    • Anarchy Pony November 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      Yes, but coconut can’t grow in Canada. Yet.

      • Jin The Ninja November 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

        hemp does great here though. but i do love anything coconut. oil. kaya, milk. water. anything and everything.

    • Guest November 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      Maybe it’ll warm enough by mid century though.

    • random black dude November 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      yo mamma useful

      • Jin The Ninja November 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

        but trolling isn’t.

  2. Haystack November 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    So this is where we should be trying to move before civilization collapses?

  3. Malk November 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    better start a new war. bitches think they can get by without paying the oil companies!? HA!

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