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Tonga replacing some of its diesel with solar next month

The first solar farm in the Pacific island nation of Tonga is set to light up homes in the country, according to a report from Matangi Tonga Online.

The island nation's King Tupou VI officially opened the first renewable energy site in the country Tuesday last week. It is expected to begin operations early next month. It will have a capacity of around 1,880 megawatt-hours per year.

The Kingdom of Tonga depends on nearly half a million liters of both foreign and local diesel fuel to keep the lights on. In 2009, around 19 percent of its gross domestic product and 25 percent of its imports were diesel purchases.

The solar facility will help match about 4 percent of the electricity needs of Tongatapu, Tonga's main island, while reducing its annual diesel consumption by 470,000 liters. This is expected to cut carbon emissions by more than 2,000 tons per year.

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