15 Apr 2015

Deal reached in Samoa for more wind energy

1:35 pm on 15 April 2015

Samoa's Electric Power Corporation has reached an agreement with a locally registered Pacific Renewable Energy company to build a wind energy farm and a hydro storage plant on Upolu island.

Its General Manager, Tologata Galumalemana Tile says the renewable energy project will generate and supply 48 million units of electricity a year.

He says this latest move is part of the corporation's efforts in developing sources in achieving the government's goal of using 100 percent renewable energy generation.

Tologata says this would be the second wind energy farm in the country, the first one was commissioned last year at Vailoa Aleipata.

Meanwhile a 500 kilowatt new Solar System by the Sun Pacific Energy at the Faleolo Airport was commissioned and connected to the EPC grid last Friday, but the remaining 1,500kW will be completed soon.

Tologata says a second solar company, Green Power Samoa is currently constructing its 2,000kW solar system at the same location and is expected to be commissioned next month.

Samoa wind farm project

Samoa's first wind energy project at Vailoa Aleipata on the southern coast of Upolu island was opened in August last year. Photo: RNZI correspondent

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