Samoa is rehabilitating old hydropower plants and building new ones to achieve its target of going 100% renewable and wean off its dependence on imported fossil fuels for power generation. When completed, the island nation targets to save about 36 million liters of diesel per year.
ADB, together with development partners, is supporting the Samoan government's efforts through $32.59 of co-financed grants under the Renewable Energy Development and Power Sector Rehabilitation Project.
Apia, Samoa — Samoa is going 100% renewable.
"Right now, we are putting all our efforts into achieving that target… Samoa should be 100% renewable," Tologata Tile Leia Tuimalealiifano, General Manager, Electric Power Corporation (EPC).
Samoa has long been dependent on diesel generators for its energy supply. In 2012 alone, about 95 million liters of diesel were imported. This was the same year Cyclone Evan severely damaged the country’s hydropower plants. The Asian Development Bank is supporting government efforts to rehabilitate and build hydropower plants with $32.59 of co-financed grants.
"To build renewables and focusing more on the rehabilitation of three hydroplants that were damaged by the cyclone in 2012. So we will have three rehabilitated ones and build four more new ones under this project. This is of course are all funded by grant, which is good for EPC," Fonoti Perelini, Project Manager, EPC.
"We employ local people to assist with our jobs and we leave them with some skills. At the moment we’ve employed approximately 18 local people on the project, doing a variety of jobs," Mark Prater, Construction Manager.
One of the project targets is to save about 3.6 million liters of diesel per year.
"Samoa is heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels for power generation. It is also vulnerable to natural disasters and potential effects of climate change. The new and rehabilitated hydropower capacity will help the country address the dual challenge of climate change and energy security concern by generating carbon and fuel-free electricity," Woo Yul Lee, Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank.
Samoa’s renewable rehabilitation and development project is scheduled for completion by 2018.