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Video - Dean Parchomchuk and Charlotte Yates at TEDx Tauranga
Video - Dean Parchomchuk and Charlotte Yates at TEDx Tauranga
9 August 2013

In this talk you'll hear the amazing story of how a small team changed the lives of the people on a small tropical island of Tokelau by replacing their crippling dependency on diesel generated electricity with solar power, and the impact that...

Mike speaks at the Pacific Energy Summit
Mike speaks at the Pacific Energy Summit
26 March 2013

At the Pacific Energy Summit held this week in Auckland PowerSmart Managing Director Mike Bassett-Smith was invited by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade to be a panel member in the session 'Case Studies: Mobilising the...

NZ Aid Programme - interview with Dean Parchomchuk
NZ Aid Programme - interview with Dean Parchomchuk
18 February 2013

In 2012 PowerSmart's Dean Parchomchuk spent around six months working on the three remote atolls that comprise Tokelau, helping to bring almost 100% solar power to the region. Ahead of the Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland in March, NZAID...

PowerSmart finishes Tokelau Renewable Energy Project
PowerSmart finishes Tokelau Renewable Energy Project
29 October 2012

POWER TO THE PEOPLE! PowerSmart finishes world first project to make Tokelau 100% Solar Powered Today PowerSmart completed their award winning ‘Tokelau Renewable Energy Project’ officially making Tokelau 100% Solar...

Pacific Island Sets Renewable Energy Record
Pacific Island Sets Renewable Energy Record
26 October 2012

BRISBANE, Oct 26 2012 (IPS) - Tokelau, a small Polynesian territory in the central Pacific, has surpassed the rest of the world in replacing fossil fuels and raised the benchmark of achievement on sustainable development. Located north...

PowerSmart's Tokelau solar project nears completion, wins award
PowerSmart's Tokelau solar project nears completion, wins award
17 October 2012

Gavin Evans Wed, 17 Oct 2012 PowerSmart will shortly commission the third and final unit in its three-atoll solar generation project in the Tokelau Islands. The Tauranga-based firm is the lead contractor in the $7 million development which...

Week 14 progress update - Nukunonu Atoll (Tokelau)
Week 14 progress update - Nukunonu Atoll (Tokelau)
18 September 2012

Two of the three systems are now complete! The Nukunonu system has now been switched on. Most of the village residents showed up for the opening ceremony which began with a Catholic blessing of the system. The local priest made his rounds...

Week 13 progress update - Nukunonu Atoll (Tokelau)
Week 13 progress update - Nukunonu Atoll (Tokelau)
7 September 2012

Image: Nukunonu solar array In 4 short weeks the installation is 95% complete.  All of the solar modules, inverters, and batteries are in place and the bulk of the wiring and termination is complete.  The system should be...

Week 10 progress update- Nukunonu Atoll (Tokelau)
Week 10 progress update- Nukunonu Atoll (Tokelau)
19 August 2012

Image: Nukunonu array foundation with inverter/battery building and generator shed in background The TREP team landed safely on Nukunonu this week. The boat ride from Fakaofo is only 3 hours but it was an all-day affair with the movement of...

Powersmart switches on the first solar power system in Tokelau
Powersmart switches on the first solar power system in Tokelau
9 August 2012

Image: The installation team on Fakaofo atoll Powersmart has flicked the switch and turned on the first of three solar power systems that will enable Tokelau to become 100% solar powered. The system on Fakaofo Atoll has been under...

Week 9 progress update - Fakaofo Atoll (Tokelau)
Week 9 progress update - Fakaofo Atoll (Tokelau)
9 August 2012

Image: School children at TREP site It has been a very busy past couple weeks here on Tokelau so blog updates have fallen behind. But we are proud to announce that the first system is operational and providing power to the residents of...

Article on stuff.co.nz - Tokelau to shed diesel dependence
Article on stuff.co.nz - Tokelau to shed diesel dependence
3 August 2012

Image: Powersmart Solar director Mike Bassett-Smith By JESS LEE Diesel-dependent Tokelau is still on track to become the first entirely solar-powered places on Earth in a project led by a New Zealand solar company. All three atolls in...

NZ Herald Article - NZ company helps Tokelau switch to solar
NZ Herald Article - NZ company helps Tokelau switch to solar
27 July 2012

Image: Powersmart Solar has worked with locals in Tokelau to help the Pacific Nation switch to 100 per cent solar powered energy. A New Zealand solar company is about to take a major step towards helping a diesel-dependant South Pacific...

Huffington Post: One Nations Electricity Going 100% Solar
Huffington Post: One Nations Electricity Going 100% Solar
27 July 2012

By A. Siegel. Writ large, around the world, liquid fuel (generally diesel) has a relatively small role in providing electricity and thus the "oil" and "electricity" domains have a minimal overlap. There are, however,...

Tokelau to become world's first solar-powered country
Tokelau to become world's first solar-powered country
25 July 2012

Image: Bringing in the solar panels has risks By Jenny Suo, 3 News Watch the news clip here: http://www.3news.co.nz/Tokelau-to-become-worlds-first-solar-powered-country/tabid/1216/articleID/262649/Default.aspx Tokelau is on...

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Jason Happy - National Facilities Manager at Kiwi Property

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