New Zealand is to put nearly $8 million towards creating a solar plant in Tonga, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.
The plant will be built through a public-private partnership between Meridian Energy, Tonga Power and the Tonga government.
Speaking at a Pacific business investment seminar in Auckland today, Mr McCully emphasised the importance of getting the private sector involved to help the region grow.
"This public-private partnership is an exciting approach to delivering aid that also represents a possible model for similar infrastructure projects in the Pacific," he said.
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"We want to share our considerable knowledge of this sector with our Pacific neighbours, and Meridian Energy's experience in renewable energy makes them a logical partner for the Tongatapu solar project."
New Zealand will contribute $7.9 million to the plant, which was expected to have construction begun on it later this year.