Gallery: Pacific Tokelau Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Power...

 

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The remote Pacific Island territory of Tokelau has officially become the world’s first solar-powered nation! The population of 1,411 people decided to end their reliance on around 2,000 barrels of diesel each year, and instead install 4032 photovoltaic panels and 1344 batteries to produce 150 percent of the populations’ energy needs. While the vast majority of power will be provided by the solar systems, it will be supplemented by biofuels produced from locally-sourced—and plentiful—coconuts.

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