23 May 2013

Major power project proposed for American Samoa's Manu'a

11:19 am on 23 May 2013

The American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee is finalising plans for an ambitious project to power Manu'a solely on alternative energy sources in three years time.

The Committee, a group appointed by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to review renewable energy projects for the territory expects to wrap up plans for this and other renewable energy projects by next month.

The plans were discussed in a meeting last week with representatives of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the research arm of the US Department of Energy, to finalise American Samoa's renewable strategic plan.

The Governor has instructed that Manu'a be brought up to the level of Tutuila during his administration and told his directors not to tell him what can't be done, find a way to do it and make it happen.

The chairman of the group Timothy Jones says the Renewable Energy Committee, with the help of the Energy Office and the American Samoa Power Authority came up with a solid plan to take both Islands, Ofu and Ta'u off diesel and make them energy independent in three years.