Rooftop solar panels for Tongan Hospital

Enlarge image Ambassador Thiedemann with Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala, PM 'Akilisi Pohiva and other dignitaries (© Tonga Power Ltd) On 3 June 2017, Ambassador Mr. Gerhard Thiedemann visited the Kingdom of Tonga for the official inauguration of the rooftop solar panel project at the Prince Wellington Ngu Hospital in Vava’u, which was financed by Germany. The ceremony, under the patronage of HRH Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala, was attended by the Prime Minister of Tonga, ʻAkilisi Pōhiva, various ministers and other distinguished guests.

70 solar panels have been installed on the rooftop of the hospital, along with a 96 kWh battery and inverters. The project will reduce the hospital’s electricity consumption and the savings made will be used in other parts of the hospital. The system was installed by Tonga Power Ltd. and is expected to generate over 30,000 kW of electricity annually. It will also contribute to the Kingdom of Tonga’s plan of increasing its overall share in renewable energies to 50% by 2020. Prince Wellington Ngu Rooftop Solar Project Enlarge image Prince Wellington Ngu Rooftop Solar Project (© Tonga Power Ltd)

During the course of his visit, Ambassador Thiedemann was received in audience by HM King ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI. He also met Prime Minister ʻAkilisi Pōhiva and his deputy, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, as well as the Speaker of Parliament, Sialeʻataongo Tuʻivakanō, who hosted German parliamentary president Norbert Lammert in 2016. All were in agreeance that he close relationship shared by the Kingdom of Tonga and Germany is going strong.