Solar company guarded about work at horse racecourse

Alan Ah Mu

APIA: FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2014: A solar company that has won a government contract to generate electricity for the national grid is a shy one. A spokesman for Green Power – Samoa said details of the deal will be released once equipment for the project arrives in the country and a media officer appointed.

Cabinet has awarded the contract to the company to fund, install and operate solar systems to generate electricity, it was announced several weeks ago.

The systems are to be installed at three locations on Upolu Island: Faleolo, Tuana’imato horse racecourse and Samoa College at Vaivase.

Green Power won the contract over rivals from New Zealand and Australia.

Government sources say the system for Tuana’imato will be installed in the oval in the middle of the race track.

Samoa Racing Club runs the course on 43 acres owned by Samoa Land Corporation.

Owned by at least two Asian shareholders Green Power is a locally registered company with offices at Vaitele-fou.

Information released by government newspaper, Savali, May last year says Green Power proposed to build a 3.5 megawatt solar field at Faleolo on a 25-acre property to be leased from Samoa Airport Authority.

The total cost of the project was put at around US$25 million (WST57.6 million) at that time.

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