20 Mar 2013

Tonga to host Pacific energy summit

3:01 pm on 20 March 2013

Renewable energy is high on the agenda at two energy summits over the next week - the first getting underway tomorrow in Nuku'alofa in Tonga.

The Tongan government and its development partners are staging the Pacific Leaders Energy Summit, which aims to significantly raise the use of renewable energy in the region.

Over the past two years, under the Tonga Energy Road Map, the country has made a substantial effort to cut back on its diesel use through the use of solar power.

The conference delegates are expected to use this Map as a possible blueprint for developing renewable energy in their countries.

On Monday, in Auckland the Pacific Energy Summit begins with Pacific leaders expected to seek donor and private sector support to implement their own renewable energy plans.