16 Nov 2015

Niue looks to sun for power

3:31 pm on 16 November 2015

Niue is seeking about US$18 million to build a solar farm as part of the island nation's plans to reduce its heavy reliance on fossil fuels.

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Photo: RNZ

The minister for infrastructure, Dalton Tagelagi says Niue's strategic energy road map sets the ambitious goal of having 80 percent of its power generation coming from renewable energy sources by 2025.

He says while the main focus will be on solar power other renewable energy sources will be explored including wind power, biomass and ocean energy.

"You always set yourself a target and try and achieve it not everything is achievable or a hundred percent but if we can at least fifty percent it will be, that will be a great achievement."

Mr Tagelagi says if realised the projects will give Niueans access to modern, affordable energy services and ensure environmental sustainability.