Part of the Samoa Solar set up at the Faleata Racecourse solar farm as opened this morning
APIA, SAMOA: WEDNESDAY 25 MAY 2016: The Samoan Government’s target to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2017 moved one step closer with the opening of a 2.1MW solar plant today.
The solar plant is located in the middle of the Faleata Racecourse and the electricity it will produce will save 1,900,000 litres of diesel on average each year and displace approximately 5,115 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Owned by Solar for Samoa, the 2.1MW (DC) solar plant will offset a substantial portion of Samoa’s existing diesel-generated electricity; which currently accounts for nearly two-thirds of the country’s energy mix.
The project is the first stage of Solar for Samoa’s total 5.2MW (DC) solar photovoltaic (PV) project that is scheduled to come online in July 2016.
In celebrating this milestone, the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi acknowledged the projects contribution not only to bringing down the cost of electricity but to a cleaner environment. He said this was governments aim to deregulate the generation of electricity from the government owned EPC monopoly to generate competition and bring prices down.
Solar for Samoa believes that utility-scale solar will play an integral role in reducing the country’s reliance on diesel generation and has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring timelines was met in support of the country’s renewable energy targets.
“We are proud to achieve this important clean energy milestone for the Samoan Government, which is the result of a long standing cooperation between Solar for Samoa and Electric Power Corporation, and demonstrates Solar for Samoa’s ability to complete this world-class facility within the government’s renewable energy target timelines,” said Terrence Betham, Director of Solar for Samoa.
“We applaud the Samoan Government and in particular the Prime Minister’s leadership, with support from the relevant Government Ministries including the Electric Power Corporation and the Ministry of Finance, in promoting this project and renewable energy for the Pacific region. We are honoured to provide the Samoan population with reliable, long-term renewable energy.”
The electricity from the project will be purchased by the Samoa Electrical Power Corporation under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
According to Betham, the project will not only bring energy security to the Samoan people, but has also contributed significantly to the Samoan economy with over 100 local jobs created during the construction phase.
Solar for Samoa’s second 3.1MW (DC) solar Facility is still under construction adjacent to the Faleolo International Airport and is currently scheduled to come online in mid-2016.
About Solar for Samoa Limited
Solar for Samoa is developing an approximately 5.2 MW (DC) photovoltaic solar power project comprising of two facilities at separate locations on the island of Upolu, Samoa. The Faleata Racecourse facility is located near the capital city of Apia on a 2.6-hectare site at the Faleata Racecourse and has a total capacity of 2.1 MW (DC). The Faleolo International Airport facility is located approximately 40 kilometers west of Apia on a 4.3-hectare site at the Faleolo International Airport and has a total capacity of 3.1 MW (DC).