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Tonga's renewable energy push to help economy

Following rising oil costs, Tonga is looking to alternative energy to reduce its reliance on imports

Tonga is facing an energy crisis as soaring oil-import bills are crippling its economy. The Kingdom is now looking to renewable energy to alleviate its oil dependency.  Tonga is made up of an archipelago of 176 islands in the South Pacific, around 2,000 kilometres northeast of New Zealand. Tonga is highly susceptible to both climate change and energy-price volatility because of its high dependency on imported oil. All of Tonga's grid-supplied power, which makes up 98% of its total electricity, is generated using imported diesel. According to the US Energy Information Administration Tonga imported around 1,240 barrels of oil per day (b/d) last ye

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