01 Aug '12, 4pm

The world’s about to get its first entirely solar-powered country

By next week, Tokelau will be the first solar-powered country in the world. 3News, in New Zealand, reports : Workers from Kiwi company Powersmart Solar are just a week away from converting the atoll Fakaofo from being diesel powered to solar powered. “It’s been quite a milestone week for us, we now have all the solar panels erected, 1584 solar modules, all the batteries are in place,” says mechanical engineer Dean Parchomchuk. Sure, Tokelau is a tiny island nation made up of three atolls and populated by only 1,400 people. It’s about the same as if Sea Bright, N.J. , went solar. But Sea Bright, N.J., has not gone solar, whereas Tokelau is on the verge of flipping the switch. The country was spending over $800,000 a year on diesel to provide its people with electricity before, so they get extra points for switching to renewables. Plus, they’re the first to pull this off, so...

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