24 Apr 2014

Samoa solar power site gets NZ help

12:48 pm on 24 April 2014

New Zealand will help build the largest solar-power array in the Pacific, to be sited in the Samoan capital Apia.

The solar-power project for Samoa will include a 2.2 Megawatt photovoltaic array at the Apia Sports Complex, as well as other, smaller arrays.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, announcing the project in Apia, said the arrays will provide the highest electrical output from a single solar installation in the Pacific.

While he was in Samoa, the minister also viewed a project to restore three cyclone-damaged hydroelectricity plants and build at least three new ones.

He said both the hydroelectricity and solar projects are being funded jointly by New Zealand and the European Union.