28 Jul 2015

American Samoa embracing more solar power

8:12 am on 28 July 2015

The American Samoa Power Authority is looking for 12 hectares of land around Tutuila Island where it can install solar arrays.

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The Authority hopes to install enough photovoltaic panels to generate 13 megawatts of electricity.

It already has two photovoltaic installations at Pago Pago International Airport which produce 2 megawatts, which is now feeding into the grid.

The Authority executive director Utu Abe Malae says there is some funding available, but the company wants to create a community solar farm involving consumers.

He says it will ask customers to contribute and in return they will get a lower electricity rate.

Utu says they hope to begin the solar project by the end of the year.

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