26 Jun 2015

Latest Cooks solar array officially opening today

5:22 pm on 26 June 2015

The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, is today officially opening a solar power project on the northern island of Penrhyn.

The $US960,000 Te Tautua village project has been operational for a month but today's ceremony is to complete the formalities.

It is part of a multi million dollar joint venture between the Cook Islands Government and New Zealand to develop solar energy use in the Cook Islands.

The scheme has already seen solar arrays built on Rakahanga, Pukapuka, Nassau, and Palmerston.

The Cook Islands News reports Mr Puna says his plan to convert 50 per cent of the country to renewable energy is well ahead of schedule.