The South Pacific islands of Tokelau will soon become the first in the world to have all their electricity needs met by solar power. Tokelau is made up of three tropical atolls (Fakaofo, Nukunonu, and Atafu) in the South Pacific Ocean. The atolls have a total land area of 10km² and a population of approximately 1,500 people.
Powersmart is the lead contractor for the Tokelau Renewable Energy Project. With it's completion in October 2012 the project will replace the diesel electricity systems currently operating on each of the islands with solar power systems and battery storage. This will enable Tokelau to meet 100% of their climate change obligations and become100% solar powered.
At present the diesel generators burn around 200 litres of fuel daily. The installation of 4,032 solar panels (one megawatt of solar) and batteries across the three atolls will eliminate diesel fuel use and provide consistent high quality electricity. The original tender specification called for the solar systems to supply 90% of Tokelau's electricity demand. Through creative design, project management methodology, and sheer scale Powersmart Solar will be installing solar systems capable of providing 150% of current electricity demand allowing the Tokelauans to expand their electricity use without increasing diesel use.
Powersmart Solar is uniquely experienced in designing solar power systems for harsh and remote environments and has taken special care to design a robust system suitable for tropical atolls. The system is designed with respect to the high ambient temperatures, salt-laden air, and risk of cyclones and/or flooding.
For this high-profile project, Powersmart Solar has partnered with the highly regarded energy consulting firm IT Power. Through this partnership Powersmart has access to IT Power's extensive experience of over ten years of successfully delivering renewable energy projects in the Pacific region.
Check out our Blog where we will be posting pictures and news of these beautiful islands and people as the project progresses in 2012.