The remote territory of Tokelau consists of three atolls: Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo that are home to about 1500 permanent residents. Prior to 2012, all of Tokelau’s electricity was generated by diesel generators at a huge expense both financially and environmentally. In 2012, Vector Powersmart completed the installation of what was then one of the larger solar and battery projects in the world, making Tokelau the world’s first solar powered territory.
Three of Tokelau's atolls now have their own individual solar power systems with battery storage. The first system on Fakaofo atoll was switched on in early August 2012 after a nine-week construction period. The following system on Nukunonu atoll was connected in mid-September, and the third and final system on Atafu atoll was commissioned on the 29th of October 2012, completing the entire Tokelau Renewable Energy Project on time and on budget.
Tokelau’s three main atolls each have their own mini-grid, harnessing renewable energy to assist with meeting the country’s electricity needs. This has reduced their independence on diesel for electricity which has significant economic and environmental benefits.
Winner EECA Award – right house renewable energy award 2014
Winner New Zealand Innovator Award – 2012 – innovation in sustainability and clean-tech
Winner best solar PV implementation off-shore – SEANZ 2012