Solar vessel delayed but expo to go ahead


Planet Solar, the world’s largest ocean going vessel on its first circumnavigation of the globe was to call at Nuku’alofa next week to coincide with the country’s first Sustainable Energy Expo.

<!--more--> Its arrival has been delayed owing to some technical problems at its previous port of call.

But the expo will go ahead, according to sources in Tonga. Organised by the Government’s Tonga Energy Road Map (TERM) initiative, the two-day event will be held on April 12 and 13 at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre will showcase the wide range of sustainable energy products and services available to Tongan consumers.

“Private sector investment and participation are important to achieving the project’s goals and key to this plan is to promote the use of energy efficient products, and the use of renewable energy by the business community,” says TERM programme coordinator Mr Lano Fonua.

About 40 organisations are expected to join the event, which will feature stalls, exhibitions and demonstrations from local and international participants.

Foreign suppliers taking part in the event will have the opportunity to liaise with Tongan business consumers as well as forge partnerships with local or regional agents.