Samoa’s first grid connected solar power system opens


Samoa, the first country to access the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund since its inception in 2010 is finally having their first solar photovoltaic grid system commissioned for use in Salelologa, Savai’i.<!--more-->

The formal commissioning ceremony co-hosted by the Government of Samoa and Electric Power Corporation (EPC) took place last week and was attended by Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Mr Tuiloma Neroni Slade and senior government officials.

[caption id="attachment_5974" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-5974" alt="Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Mrs. Slade and PIFS Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade." src="" width="300" height="167" /></a> Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Mrs. Slade and PIFS Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade.[/caption]

The installation of Samoa’s 546kWp solar PV grid-connected system is expected to provide significant benefits to the government of Samoa by reducing the use of diesel by about 190,000 litres annually and realising costs savings of approximately SAT 570,000 a year in a country which generates 60 per cent of its electricity from diesel.

The project expected to last more than 20 years is spread out over three sites in the country’s main islands, Upolu and Savai’i.

The Prime Minister acknowledged development Partners for their continuous support to the development of their country.

The PEC Fund is a commitment by the Government of Japan to provide ¥6.8billion (approximately US$66 million) to Forum Island Countries to tackle environmental issues. Each FIC is provided with an indicative allocation of USD$4million to support projects with a focus on the provision of solar power generation systems and seawater desalination plants or a combination of both. The fund is administered by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

To date, the Governments of Samoa, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Nauru, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Niue, Republic of Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands and Vanuatu have successfully accessed the PEC Fund for national renewable energy and seawater desalination projects.
<p align="right"><i>– Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat media release</i></p>

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