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Manu'a now powered by Solar Energy - October 27, 2016

In Ta'u, electricity is now 100% renewable (solar) energy resulting in a significant decrease in American Samoa’s carbon footprint at a global level.  On October 27th, Governor Lolo Moliga, other government officials and guests were in Ta’u, Manu’a for the official dedication and commissioning of the ASPA Ta’u Renewable Energy PV Project.  American Samoa Power Authority Director Utu Abe Malae explained that this project was funded with 80% of revenues collected through ASPA’s customer electricity accounts, plus ASEDA funds, as well as 20% provided by the Department of Interior.  “What you do in Tutuila, must also be done in Manu’a… was Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s vision” said Director Malae, “…and today a part of his vision has been accomplished…”

The project is situated in the village of Faleasao and is operated and maintained by the American Samoa Power Authority.  The project description lists 1,410 kW of Solar panels and 6,000 kWh of battery storage.  Also, three new 275KW Cummins Diesel Generators and a 480V switchgear.  ASPA acknowledges the great assistance and support of all the individuals and agencies that involved in making this development possible;

  • Honorable Lolo Matalasi Moliga-Governor

  • Honorable  Lemanu Peleti Mauga-Lt. Governor

  • U.S. Department of Interior

  • ASPA Customers

  • ASEDA

  • ASREC

  • Solar City

  • Cummins South Pacific

  • McConnell Dowell

  • Happy Trucking

  • Paramount Builders Inc.

  • Workers from Ta’u

  • Faleasao Village

  • Leilua’iali’i Fa’aitu Fa’aitu Jr.

  • Ma’o Fa’auma Gogo

  • Alailefaleula Penieli Tela

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