Research Team: Peter Wilson, Basil Sharp, Kiti Suomalainen, Gareth Williams

This is a desk-based research project conducted in New Zealand on whether distributed generation has the technical and economic potential to replace distribution networks in Pacific Island countries. The research demonstrates variable, but positive, net present values for a range of different types of solar installations in Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands. The research argues that investment in solar technologies would benefit these communities with sustainable renewable sources of electricity and protection from uncertainties related to movements in international oil prices and unreliable shipping.

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Polynesian pathways to a future without electricity grids

Low-cost electricity proposed for Polynesian countries in the Pacific

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