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Jul 19

$50m solar project launched

Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo thanked Solar Samoa Ltd for the initiative on behalf of government.

A four-acre solar farm expected to generate 1.75 megawatts was launched yesterday evening at Faleolo.

According to Samoa Solar Ltd representative Oloipola Terrence Betham, the $52 million project will go a long way in reducing Samoa’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.

“The project will benefit the country in many ways,” said Oloipola.

“Solar energy is environmentally friendly and will serve to reduce our carbon emissions, help our foreign reserves by lowering the import of harmful fossil fuels as well as what solar energy will do in supplementing our electricity grid in the future.”

Oloipola said that the Faleolo solar farm is just the first of several solar projects Samoa Solar Ltd is eyeing at the moment.

“We are already working on the blueprint for other similar projects.”

Oloipola said that the project employs some of the most cutting technology in the solar industry, generating maximum energy by utilizing minimal space.

Located on land leased from the Samoa Airports Authority, the project will employ up to 50 local workers and takes six months to complete.

Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo thanked Solar Samoa Ltd for the initiative on behalf of government.

“Government is now putting a great emphasis on alternative power generation,” said Fonotoe.

“The aim is further reduce our reliance and fossil fuel and by 2020, over half the energy consumed in the country is generated from renewable energy. This also goes for vehicles and a movement away from imported petroleum. It is where the world is moving and government is anticipating similar projects like this in the very near future.”

The Faleolo solar farm is a cooperation between Sunlogics Power and Daystar’s Eco Energy Solutions (Australia) Pty Limited together with Solar Samoa Limited and their local partners and the Electric Power Corporation  (EPC).

In a statement, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said,

“This transaction creates significant sustainable value for our Country. Samoa is committed to reducing Carbon emissions and this first step shows that the Government of Samoa is a committed global partner in emission reduction.”

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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