Island Nation First at Fully Solar: The island nation of Tokelau, a non-self-governing territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific, is making history by becoming the first inhabited place on Earth to completely rely on solar for energy. The islands will receive a total of 4,000 solar panels, 392 solar inverters and 1,344 batteries. Until now, the three coral atolls — Atafu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo — that make up the nation have run on diesel fuel, but with funding from New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade the islands will be making the switch. The roughly 1,400 residents are happy to make the switch away from diesel to an energy solution that helps them preserve their island habitat. via Dvice