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One thousand solar panels in Cook Islands officially opened

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More than 1,000 solar panels are officially working in the northern Cook Islands of Penrhyn and Manihiki.

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The project is expected to provide 95% of the electricity and give power to more than 230 buildings. This is a $250 million investment in the Cook Islands which already has solar panels in many isles.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said: "These projects will save approximately 230,000 litres of imported diesel per year and free up Cook Island government funds for other development priorities.

"New Zealand has been supporting a major push to increase the uptake of renewable energy in the Pacific. Our work in the Cook Islands is part of a wider $100 million investment renewable energy across seven Pacific countries."

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