A territory of New Zealand and the country with the smallest economy in the world, Tokelau, has recently made news by becoming the world’s first fully solar powered nation. A team from a New Zealand-based company Powersmart Solar, has been working rigorously on the country’s three tropical atolls that make up Tokelau and are all set to turn off the diesel powered generators.
The entire solar array features more than 4000 solar power modules and electric batteries to store the charge for use after dark. The area is particularly ideal for solar energy generation, with sun scorching down on the island all the year round. The solar energy project, built at the cost of $7.5 million, will provide renewable electricity to the nation’s 1400 people.
Previously the country made use of about 2000 barrels of diesel at the cost of more than $1 million to generate ample power for the residents. The solar farm is expected to recoup its cost in five years and then have a 20 year life span before needing any major maintenance.